Do Words Matter?

1035 WordsMar 28, 20075 Pages
Do Words Matter? Words are very powerful, and sometimes the words we use offend people. Freedom of speech is highly valued but what happens when your freedom becomes hurtful or disrespectful to someone else? There are so many different kinds of people and different things that offend each person. In this day where we are more inclined to say whatever we want, we see more and more offense being taken to the words that get said. It's hard to understand why certain words can be insulting to someone when it may not seem that way to you. We have to ask ourselves, why do we care what other people say and should we censer everything that goes into the public just so people don't get offended? In the article, "You Can't Say That," the author…show more content…
Humans have always found a way to demean people who are different. They do this by making up words that directly degrade a person by their differences. The word Queer is an example of a word that has actually changed from a homophobic slur to, in some eyes, a non-offensive title. While most people would still say that they don't feel comfortable hearing the word queer, more people have become immune to it because of television. The Editors of Society state that "Now queer is sneaking into the mainstream- and taking on a hipster edge". Back in the 1920's using the word queer was not taken lightly. In today's society with television shows using queer in the title of their show, for example, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the word has a different impact than it used to. There are unusual words that have offended feminists for a long period of time. Some of the words include fireman, authoress, handyman, and hostess. These titles through feminists' eyes can be perceived as offensive and degrading. Many people believe that feminists are man haters but almost all feminists would claim that false. The stereotype of feminism is often depicted in a negative way while the truth is that it's just the act of fighting for a good cause. While many think of the word feminist negatively, the author believes that feminist should have more positive connotations. Christina Libby defines feminism as "A movement to end sexism, sex exploitation, and oppression". I
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