Margaret Thatcher has died. I have a lot of opinions about Margaret Thatcher (aside from anything else, bear in mind that at the height of the AIDS crisis, I had friends who were sick and dying) but I have a pretty firm rule about not speaking ill of the dead in the immediate aftermath of their deaths. May those who loved Margaret Thatcher be comforted in this time of mourning.
However, lots of other people on my side of the political map will have lots to say, and one of the things they have already started to say is the word “cunt.”
And so I hereunder re-up my piece about using *ahem* certain words as insults (with a small edit or two to make it au courant). It might make you laugh! Who can tell.
Ok, I’ve said it before, and I’ll likely say it againandagainandagain. But.
Insulting someone with a word that is meant as a rude descriptor of female genitalia is
You know why it’s not ok?
Because it’s misogynist and lazy and unkind and sexist and dehumanizing and fucking wrong.
No, you may not call that right-wing nut-job a cunt just because she is a right-wing nut-job. Not even if you feel that she is an evil right-wing nut-job, not even if you feel that she is beneath all contempt and should be treated as naught but a grease stain on the fabric of life.
Because it is always wrong to insult someone by dehumanizing an entire class of human beings.