Let’s Talk Dirty: Socially Tabooed Words

(Cartoon: public domain)

READER DISCRETION ADVISED: If you’re offended by the words “shit,” “damn,” “bitch,” “ass,” or “fuck,” then … well, I suppose it doesn’t really matter at this point, does it? In all seriousness though, I’ll be using these and other words from the English language (some of which genuinely do have shock value and are offensive) in this post to the end of having an informed discussion about a relevant topic–namely, why certain words are tabooed and others aren’t. If that’s something you can’t handle, stop reading now.

There’s been a kerfuffle of late concerning Rick Santorum’s altercation with the New York Times¬†reporter who asked him to clarify some statements he’d made about Mitt Romney. Santorum apparently thinks Romney’s the “worst Republican in America,” but only in certain contexts, as he curtly informed the¬†Times reporter. Aside from there having been little to no reason for Santorum to get his tighty-whities in a tangle since the reporter’s question was completely legitimate, the entire basis for the news coverage was utterly inane.

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The Problem with Christian Political Opposition to Gay Marriage

Rick Santorum speaking at an event in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

In an appearance before a crowd of college students in New Hampshire yesterday, Rick Santorum was jeered and booed in response to his opposition to same-sex marriage. The exchange, which at one point degenerated into a back and forth over whether or not allowing same-sex marriage would open the the door to polygamy, highlighted a recurring problem with the conservative opposition to same-sex marriage: their approach is wrong. Continue reading