Let’s admit it’s not about ‘the word’
It’s the patriarchal rules about women cursing Trump that are truly obscene
We will never have equality until any woman is free to call any man a motherf--ker.
And as we start 2019, still reeling from 2018, that vulgarity has stormed the news cycle. First, incoming U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib made headlines on Thursday when, hours after she was sworn in to Congress, she used it to refer to U.S. president Donald Trump, vowing to “impeach the motherf-ker.”
Then on Saturday, in the context of Tlaib’s usage, former prime minister Kim Campbell retweeted a story about Trump, adding, “He really IS a motherf--ker!”
In both cases, the outrage was swift as a cavalcade of the mortally offended — mostly men, it should be noted — fanned their faces and recoiled to their fainting chairs.
Such language! Such disrespect! Such a new low!
To which I can only say: such a crock.
Over the last 40 years, if I had to guess, scores of decent and good-mannered people have ditched polite discourse and confidently declared Trump a motherf--ker. Former prime minister Kim Campbell got attention on Twitter this month by referring to U.S. President Donald Trump by a certain foul epithet.
To former associates he swindled, he was a motherf-ker. To contractors he stiffed, he was a motherf--ker. To students who paid for fake educations at Trump University, he was a motherf--ker. Did you ever taste Trump Vodka? That swill could only come from a motherf--ker who does not drink.
To his ex-wives and mistresses, Trump remains the mother of all motherf--kers.
You know what exasperated officials think after they resign
or are fired from this Dumpster fire of an administration: “Well, at least I’m done with that motherf--ker.”
Give Melania Trump a shot of truth serum, hold up a picture of her husband and then stand back as she repeatedly shouts, “MOTHERF--KER!”
Let’s get real here. If Trump doesn’t qualify as a motherf-ker, who does?
Look, I have kids in middle school. This is a family newspaper. I’d much prefer if “motherf--ker” were not the subject of this dispatch. But the Oxford Dictionary defines the term as “a despicable or very unpleasant person or thing.”
And if the slur fits ...
At this point, Trump should just change his name to Motherf--ker. It would be easier for everyone. Even his most ardent supporters, deep in their conflicted hearts, know he’s a motherf--ker. That’s what they love about him: “That motherf--ker is really sticking it to liberals and immigrants. Good for that motherf--ker. Drain the swamp, motherf--ker. Build the wall, motherf--ker. Distort my reality, motherf--ker. Attack the MSM, motherf-ker. Tell me another comforting lie, motherf--ker.”
So it’s not the word, per se, that’s the problem here.
Motherf--ker has been part of the lexicon since the late 19th century. It was one of the seven dirty words in George Carlin’s 1972 bit on language you can’t use on television. It appeared in literature years before that, including books by Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut. But throughout the 20th century, as the word slowly crept into popular culture there was a curious side effect: it was usually a man saying it.