Friday, November 30, 2012

Pussy Riot

I think MSNBC, plus a bunch of other media outlets, should just grow up and, when announcing news related to Pussy Riot (the all-female Russian punk trio, two thirds of which are currently serving time in the Gulag after engaging in some civil disobedience), call them by their name rather than "All-female Russian punk band," which is how they were described on the crawl below Morning Joe today.

Pussy.

There -- I've said it.  And I'm okay.  And yet "dick" and "dick-head" have become standard usage on network primetime television.

If I was a woman I'd be outraged.  First that Pussy Riot has even been jailed in the first place.  And second, that people won't even use their proper name when talking about them.  And third, that in today's world women, once again, have to take second place to men in the social acceptability of vulgar anatomical terminology.

I, a man if ever there was one, certainly am.  And I think somebody should notify Lilly Ledbetter.

Brief aside:  Matt Lauer gets a pass.  Insert bawdy, mean-spirited theories about why the Today show is now in second place here.

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