This is a personal pet peeve of mine, that sex language is so often used to demean and to indicate lower status. “I got fucked” to mean that something bad happend to me against my will is a perfect example, although the whole thing with “sucked” is certainly also a prime candidate for co-opting what should be enjoyable and consensual and making it indicate subjugation or lack of power.

Words have huge power. In nearly all of the world’s creation myths, the world is either spoken or sung into existence. We ought to be more intentional with the words we use and the way that we unintentionally demean with them.

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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