Profanity in Social Media
C. Neuroticus Absolutus
I just "unfriended" another person on Facebook for truly foul profanity. The First Amendment was apparently the first freedom our fathers decided to insured and codify for all time and I agree with them. It has served us well, even when it comes to public profanity. But I believe its original intent was not to indulge our citizens with barrages of unsavory language that most of us would not use in front of our mothers.
Television was seemingly pure in its early days, but the creep of "filth" on our home screens soon set the industry monitors to proclaim seven words as verboten. Producers jumped on this new freedom and soon every household was bombarded with all but those seven forbidden words (not to be disclosed herein). With the advent of cable television, dirty words were considered fair game by the monitors, determining that since this wasn't broadcast television, there was no limit to the inclusion of whatever limits the producers and directors could accept in their own system of righteous morality.
Broadcast television, not wanting to seem antiquated and puritanical, permitted dirty word creep to the use of all but any words pertaining to excrement -- euphemisms notwithstanding. For example, the protagonist was permitted to take a crap or a dump at his leisure.
Writers say using the vulgar words for intercourse is realistic and insist that this is their purpose for the inclusion of these words in their work. Others say they need the words for their shock value.
But I find nothing shocking about encountering the now-familiar word in every line of dialogue throughout a book.
Thank goodness for broadcast television's exclusion or these phony excuses. But the creep continues. The use of profanity is now a staple on the playgrounds of elementary schools.
This is acceptable under the First Amendment, but perhaps not under the watchful eyes of teachers and parents.
Although we are slowly approaching true equal rights, which I vigorously applaud, for some reason I expect better language from the ladies. They say the eyes are the windows of the soul, but the mouth might be an inside look at a person's character. At any rate, I find the use of profanity by women, as an insult, an attempt to attainment of equal rights by dragging her language down to the level of street thugs in an effort to be part of the in-crowd, or, I can't think of a reason why, to impress me. Well, I'm not impressed. I'm repelled and set upon by pity.
I can't help but remember the words of one of my high school English teachers: "Is your vocabulary so limited that you must stoop to profanity to express yourself?"