Using gendered words as insults

How many times have all of us heard the word pussy used to describe someone as weak? When we use words like these, even in jest, we’re perpetuating the cultural standard that femininity is weak, undesirable, and bad.

Abusive language directed at women might encompass unladylike sexual behaviour, such as whore, slut, skank, pussy, cunt, dyke, twat, etc.

How many time have we heard the phrase man up to push someone into being strong or brave? This kind of language is so deeply ingrained in our culture that a lot of people — men and women — use it all the time without thinking about its implications for gender and worth. But when we use words like these, even in jest, we’re perpetuating the cultural standard that femininity is weak, undesirable, and bad.

As we can see, the language of invective attempts to condition, through verbal aggression, how women and men should really act, that women should behave like more well-behaved, self-effacing women and men should behave…

This kind of language is so deeply ingrained in our culture that a lot of people, both men and women, use it all the time without thinking about its implications for gender and worth.

Here’s a list of 8 gender neutral insults you can use instead:

  1. Asswhole
  2. Dirtbag
  3. Idiot
  4. Jackass
  5. Jerk
  6. Piece of shit
  7. Trash
  8. Waste of Space

 

 

 

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