The news keeps rolling along, some of it good news.
Some of it is... terrible! Some of it is repugnant. Some would say detestable. How about repellent? Repulsive? Revolting? It might even be considered hateful, loathsome, or despicable? Maybe awful, heinous, or reprehensible. Monstrous, even! And there's plenty more where that came from. My handy dandy thesaurus told me so.
So why, when scanning the news about various items having to do with abuse or mistreatment of women, does one word come up over and over again?
Travis Kalanick, on Susan Fowler's blog post regarding serial harassment and gender-based mistreatment at work:
I know, I know, they're not all running around calling people whores. Especially not Bill Moyers.
But to assume linguistic coincidence is just far-fetched. I just think it is a psychological, "Freudian," unconscious vocabularical (haha I know that's not a word, don't send me to Twitter excoriation jail) association between a subject having to do with women in a compromised position and the word whore. No matter which side of the debate the person is on. No matter whether it's the actual person speaking, or someone in their p.r. department. There are LOTS of other words to use.
But that's the word that comes to mind.
First person to call it out? You'll never guess, unless you happen to be my sister who is the person who wrote an English paper on this topic quite some time ago.
In "Othello," where he spends most of Act IV Scene 2 calling Desdemona a whore, culminating with:
"But never taint my love. I cannot say 'whore.'
It does abhor me now I speak the word."
Shakespeare? Yes, that is the proverbial classic word play. I'm not gonna say he's "woke" but he knows what's up.
What's going on in today's abhorrent whore lexicon? Not so woke.
Thanks especially to my woke-upped/close-reader-of-the-text sister, and also to this week's other contributors and corresponders Julie, Michael, Lisa, David, Joanna, Diane, Emily, Laura, and Bridget, amongst others. You can always send me stuff you think should go in a future edition here.
Perhaps you will peruse some other of these topics of interest covering women in business, politics, media, the arts and pop culture, and assign them your own favorite adjective.
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