When I write, I try to sound as #hetero
as possible. Though I have lots of respect for people that can write in compassionate and emotional way and still make a point, but I went down another road. I aim for the brickwall-busting-sledgehammer #manly-man-mudjahidin
chest-thumping style. For better or for worse.
Now, the subjects I write about are seldom #testosterone
loaded. I mainly deal with human nature, geopolitics and boring shit like that, not monster trucks. And yet, I find it very hard to banish the #macho
expressions from my vocabulary. As willfully illustrated in the introduction paragraph. The #humanist
in me doesn't like it. Not one bit. But my brain keeps shortcutting on them.
A recent controversy on the use of #racist
slur made me realize this : Using the word "#gay" as a pejorative qualifier is not at all looked down upon. Nothing near the use of racial slur such as "#nigger", which is bordering superstition in its tabooness. But "gay" is totally mainstream. The hierarchy of awesomeness is very #genderbiased
: Mujahidin beard, curled up mustache, hair chest, balls at the top. #Fag
, gay, #homo
at the bottom. To the point that, when I hear the word "fag", I think "total lack of class" before I remember that it's supposed to be a homo thing.
Just imagine a parallel universe where awesomeness would be rated according to fairness of skin. "OMG, this cat video is so scandinavian !" (meaning "#balls"). "This was by far the most nigger film I've seen." (about Pearl Harbor). Big no-no, ain't it ? But "Pearl Harbor is so gay, you have to be a pussy to like it" is just fine.
So far, it has become almost impossible to talk about race issues for lack of non-taboo vocabulary. I don't think we should get to that point. But the homo/hetero, balls/pussy scale of awesomeness is downright wrong. Know it, feel it, and bring back the grammar #feminazi