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Semantee Chattopadhyay
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Cuss words have really strong implications on our society, especially concerning men. We never see people using cuss words that have their brothers or fathers in them. The cuss words we use implies a threat and a sense of personality which makes us conclude that society thinks it’s women to be precious fragile objects that they consciously have to protect. Many times we also use some of our favourite cuss words to show close and affection. A study conducted at Keele University also suggested that swearing can increase your ability to withstand pain but our favourite curse words have a deeper sociological relevance.
Cuss words that we use our casteist, sexist classist, ableist and racist. Most of our cause words are located in deep-rooted patriarchy. The most commonly used cuss words in mainstream media include women and there’s a plethora of its regional variation. These are all profanities that depict women as sexual objects and dishonours the man associated with that woman. From the threat of rape and sexual violence to slut-shaming cuss words are often targeted towards the female family members of the other party involved in the fight. The roots of these gender profanities can be traced to the age-old discourse of female propriety. This implies that the men in the family on their women stripping them of any kind of agency. The culture of omnipresent to some degree in all known societies is a gendered phenomenon. It is the man in the family therefore who guard the women to ensure that the vital vulnerable family honour is not violated. n the sprawling lexicon of profanities is caste discrimination is incredibly apparent. Even professions are not spared from our language, many occupations are just thrown around like cuss words. There are racist flowers that people and abusing against people from northeast India, Nepal Ladakh and other mountain regions. Simply to call somebody blind, deaf, dumb or mental is ableist and makes light of the condition of people with disabilities. These words thrown around so casually serve to dehumanized those from oppressed and minority groups and act as a reflection of how society perceives them as non-entities.