So I live in the Land Spring Forgot. Let’s just get that out of the way: it’s April something-teen and we’re in the middle of yet another “shnit” storm (that would be Husband’s word for the rain/sleet/snow shit that’s currently coating the ground, and more importantly the roads, in a layer of slushy icy crap). This is not a weather-bitching post. Honestly, even a former Northern Minnesotan like me is fucking sick of the weather-bitching.
No, this post is due to a Facebook comment I read today. “Mother Nature is a whore.”
I could probably explain the reasons why I’m generally a very long-fused person when it comes to temper, but that’s a totally different (and darker) story. Can we just agree that usually I can take a lot of verbal (and otherwise) irritants before I lose my cool. Except for a few things which irritate the fuck out of me. Here’s the thing, my Facebook feed is FULL of pro-woman, anti-sexism, anti-slut-shaming posts lately. There’s one going around about a principal in a high school who threatened to call a senior’s college and tell them how bad her character is and maybe they should rethink her future there. Because she didn’t go to the abstinence-only assembly where the speaker said (per Huffington Post) “if you’re on birth control, your mother hates you.”
What I find silly is when the same people who support stopping the BLATANT sexism are so often those who participate in the more subtle, pervasive sexism in our culture.
Let’s review the meaning of “whore” shall we? Thank you, www.Dictionary.com for this:
[hawr, hohr or, often, hoor] noun, verb, whored, whor·ing.
If, as a society, we have no respect for even the natural/supernatural forces that we identify as female, are we not including sexism and contempt for the female at our most base and subconscious level? I suppose it’s the Pagan-ness in me that gets irked at derogatory terms lobbed around, even though Mother Nature likely doesn’t give a hoot what any of us think.
Plus, honestly, as a Pagan I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t call any force in the world capable of burying me in any sort of natural disaster a derogatory term.
Dude, you JUST NEVER KNOW.
If whoore doesn’t do it for you, try “Harlot” or “strumpet.” Expand your insult ability: both are much more colorful words if you’re going to go all Biblically judgmental on any female’s sexual proclivities just because you’re not happy with her behavior.
Seriously, Lady…it’s cold here and I’m really tired of ice. I know you forgot about Minnesota, but could you send Spring now?