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I think it's important not to concede words or let them be defined by your opponents. I think the gay community has been very successful with this. So much so that the National Post had a cover story last week about how the word 'community' was being used too widely, a comment I first remember hearing many years ago from right-wingers trying to prevent the gay community from using the word 'community' because they believed (rightly) that the term gave them legitimacy.

Consider all the female-specific descriptors in use for a long time, 'Queen', 'Princess', 'Lady', 'Bitch' and their male equivalents. Would a man rather be considered a Prince or a woman a Princess? A Lord or a Lady? Rather rule the roost or be a mother hen? Cocky or hen-pecked? Words are important.

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Synonyms for 'lady' apparently include 'babe', 'bitch', 'queen bee' and 'weaker sex*'

* listed as slang.

Compare with lord.

Meanwhile 'princess' is linked to 'darling' which in turn is synonymous with 'baby', 'lamb', 'pet', 'spoiled child', and 'sweetie-pie'

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Companies like Monsanto spent millions (successfully for the most part) to try and eradicate the term 'frankenfoods' from the discourse, and the copyright industry has similarly been successful with a multi-million dollar campaign to make people think that downloading music off the internet is 'theft'.


i prefer being called a flaneur myself.


flaneurs have come up way too many times this week. its like dandy is dead.


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