Danneskjold Posted December 19, 2006 Share Posted December 19, 2006 This was more or less brought to my attention by the abortion thread when it was said that it's sexist to call a man a name that implies that they are womanly. The quote I am going to center this around is below.PS: *I* think it's both sexist and demeaning to use the word "pussy" to refer to a weak man.****** was an amazing physical specimen, standing 5'7 and weighing 210 pounds of muscular steel, ******'s body was riddled with hard, taut muscles that were quite apparent whether they were active or not. As ****** pushed off the ground you could see the arm muscles strain, bulging off the bone. There was no one within miles that could outlift ******. Ok, now, let's suppose that I said this about someone named (for the sake of comic value) Arnold. This would be a very nice compliment to Arnold. However, if I said this about Janet, I highly doubt that pointing this out would make her feel very good. Whether the difference between the average woman and the average man are genetic/innate or environmental is irrelevant. The fact is that they are there. The only things that really come into play here are that there is a difference, and that society encourages that difference to some degree. Because a person's environment encourages the difference (whether or not the environment or surrounding people do so because of innate leanings or past environments) when someone is told that they are not different from that which society says should be, it is an insult. If I were to call someone a coward, would that be bigoted against those who are cowardly? If I go up to a woman and call her manly (something I would never do) would that make me sexist against men? Society looks down on certain things, one of those things, is for a human being to transcend genderal boundaries (The sometimes exception being homosexuality). When one does so it is looked down upon just as it is looked down upon to be a coward. Because society recognizes certain differences between males and females, and thinks that it is bad to transcend these, people are insulted for doing so. This does not mean that society is bigoted against the other gender, this means that someone has done something culturally taboo. Whether or not there is a logical basis for society to look down on genderal transcendence in non-homosexual cases is a discussion for a different thread. I hope I haven't made any real enemies. I will be glad to change my stance if a more logical argument is set against me. Right now, however, this is the way I see it. One a less serious note: Take the old saying "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" by Eleanor Roosevelt. So, in order for me calling a guy a pussy to be insulting to the guy, he must believe that it is a bad thing to be a pussy. This makes him as sexist as the guy who called him the pussy. Then, to add to the already comedic situation, a woman takes offense to the word "pussy" being used as an insult. This means that she must recognize it as an insult, and therefore is as sexist as the other two. The world is just so bigoted sometimes. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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