I never heard my mom swear until I was in my twenties. Then one day out of the blue, she said ‘shit’. It was a shock to me, I admit, but what I most remember was the sly smile she had after she said it. She KNEW. My mom was messing with me, and she knew it.
Since then she has been more free with the swear words, but as a child my parents were pretty strict about swearing. I remember being at a friend’s house listening to his family swear like sailors and being amazed, awed even.
According to reports, more than a dozen Carleton facilitators were protesting those rules. Zach Petendra, who self-identified as a facilitator in a tweet, wrote on Twitter that facilitators were wearing the shirts in protest against a restriction on not being allowed to swear.
I think its more than a little ridiculous to expect university students… many of whom are still teenagers to abide by such a rule. No swearing? Fuck that. It is stupid and parochial. And the students were right to protest it.
Julie Lalonde of Hollaback Ottawa, a group that strives to improve street safety for women, says the idea of protesting the school’s Safe-Space policy is inherently problematic.[..] Lalonde explains the incident is one that speaks to a larger cultural issue regarding sexual violence.
And this speaks to why many people have trouble taking feminists seriously of late. A swear word is not sexual violence. A t-shirt is not sexual violence. Even putting them in the same ball park with sexual violence, regardless of whether your feelings are hurt… fuck that.
Is that problematic? Good. The world is a shitload more problematic than that, and the kids are there to learn… and learn how to express themselves. We should let them.