From wet T-shirts to oral sex contests: @TracyClarkFlory on the history of sexploitative party games
Checking a woman's facts is another form of mansplaining. Here's how we can teach men to not do itMy favorite from the satirical site:
10 words that were OK in 2013 but are NOT OK in 2014I like how this captures both the casual presumption of authority (of course we have the right to outlaw words!) and the ever quickening pace Progress requires. Ten words excised this year? Why not? Let it be a thousand, if a thousand offences are found. We can't work fast enough to straighten out the language.*
Still the time frame, not the principle, is where the joke stretches plausibility. Ten in a single year does seem a bit high. But there certainly must be words that were acceptable in 2013 but are destined to lapse into ignominy by the end of 2014. Here are some candidates.
For the time being you can still use this in an automotive context, but expect that to change soon. Otherwise, tranny, which began 2013 under mild pressure from, formerly, trannies, looks assured to end 2014 beyond the pale and is on its way to nothing less than Hyphenate Unmentionable Status (like "N-word", but this would be of a much lower order, of course). That is, it cannot even be used in context, but only alluded to with biblical reverence by a prurient, juvenile phrase (a curious combination). Well done, ladies and gentlemen. And lady-gentlemen.
Fittingly this was consecrated by the ritual humiliation of a powerful, annoying homosexual (of the type which trannies are actually ideally suited to hate--the fag wag with a mean streak; I mean, how long, pre-respectability, have the girls been enduring the taunting gibes of this class?).
I refer of course to Dan Savage, who momentarily reacquired his Catholicism (if only the Church weren't doing away with boy-buggery!), issuing a several thousand word apologia defending his right to use the word--not at will or publicly, mind you, but in context, privately and among the like-minded, for the purpose of condemning it. He tried doing that at a University of Chicago meeting with student activists when he was directed by a distraught freshman (not just distraught in the way all freshmen are, but transcendentally distraught, by Hate) "to stop using the 't-slur' ." Dazed, Savage lapsed into the role of the conservative decrying pc: "I guess it's not the t-word anymore. I missed the memo."
The word had been slated for removal for a couple of years now, as young trannies coming of age (whatever that means in this context) seek out evidence of their suffering at the hands of normality. This is getting harder and harder in the current climate requiring not repression but celebration of their confusion; still, it has to be done, as all the celebration requires at least the perception of suffering. But then Ru Paul went all hormonal one day last Spring and defended it, while denouncing the aggregated self-absorption that is World War T:
Cause most people who are trans have been through hell and high water… But some people haven’t and they’ve used their victimhood to create a situation where, ‘No! You look at me! I want you to see me the way you’re supposed to see me!’ You know, if your idea of happiness has to do with someone else changing what they say, what they do, you are in for a fucking hard-ass road… I dance to the beat of a different drummer. I believe everybody — you can be whatever the hell you wanna be, I ain’t stopping you. But don’t you dare tell me what I can do or what I can’t — say or can’t do. It’s just words, like, ‘Yeah, you hurt me!’ Bitch, you need to get stronger.Paul was countermanded by a younger (and more manly) trans activist, and in his "Good Indian" defense Savage noted he yielded years ago to young Lady Manjaw's desires. But the nursery is calling the shots now. Savage did manage to point out the hypocrisy of his child tormentors (of the organization "Queers United in Power", or QUIP, because nothing says humor and fun like queers united in power): "Somehow no one seems to give a shit that lesbian gay elders object to the use of the word "queer."
He's still oblivious: it isn't queer that is the operative word here but power. Years from now Savage will re-emerge from obscurity, like Ru Paul above assuming the role of elder curmudgeon, to lambaste whatever bizarre permutations pc is taking on by then. But, Progress having advanced from our dark times, his counsel will not merely be rejected, he'll be hunted down by a mob and beaten to death with rubber dildos. It gets worse, Dan.
*Soon, God willing and if Progress is not derailed by Reaction, this phrase too will no longer be acceptable; if "straighten" can mean "fix" or "make right", then "straight" is normative and ultimately nothing can be normative--hence the need for the "cis-" prefix applied to heterosexuals. We are all hyphenated humans now.