“In Defence of Sweary Women”

At Daily Maverick, Rebecca Davis writes in defense of swearing and, in particular, women who swear: “I don’t think there has been a single occasion on which I have used a swearword in a tweet and not been instantly reprimanded. Almost invariably, this linguistic dressing-down has been delivered by older men whom I have never met.

The precise form the censure takes varies, but the essence is always the same. In choosing to swear on a public platform, you reveal yourself not to be a ‘lady.’ You betray a fundamental lack of ‘class.’ You expose a vocabulary so deficient that you lack non-sweary alternatives. You encourage observers to lose all respect for you.

This is complete and utter horseshit.”

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