BY Katrina Pallop
on Jan 29, 2013
When I think about words that might be polarizing in the feminist community, “lady” certainly doesn’t top the list. There have been huge campaigns to reclaim other historically salty terms for women, from “bitch” to “slut”—even the dreaded “c-word”. (Nope. Won’t write it out. Won’t do it.)
But figuring out what to do with the word “lady” is uniquely tricky. Unlike some of its harsher sisters, “lady” is still used freely in both the antiquated and ironic sense. Read More
Ever get so frustrated at a person who unknowingly holds up everyone because he’s texting, daydreaming, or just lost in his own world? Ever get more frustrated that you can’t come up with something more civilized to call him than "f***ing a**hole"?
Well, how about "Meanderthal"?
Writer and humorist Lizzie Skurnick coins words to concisely describe situations or specific types of people in "That Should Be A Word", a New York Times One-Page Magazine feature. Read More
Now that it's not copacetic to throw the V-word around in the realm of American government, I decided to go ahead and make a short list of places where it is okay to use the word "vagina." Feel free to use this as a guide so that you don't startle any unexpected listeners. We don't know what the free use of anatomical terms could lead to, but some possibilities are: maturity, correctness, tolerance and, of course, anarchy.
1) The street. It's totally cool to use the word vagina when you're walking down the street having a conversation. Read More