What Do YOU Consider Profanity?

Some of us consider profanity to be swear words. The “F” bomb and it’s ilk.

“Profanity” according to Wikkipedia is:

Profanity, also known as swearing, cursing, foul speech, strong language,  dirty words, cussing, bad words, bad language, adult language, or simply language, is pejorative language that shows disrespect, desecration or debasement. Profanity can take the form of words, expressions, gestures (such as flipping the middle finger), or other social behaviors that are construed or interpreted as insulting, rude, vulgar, obscene, obnoxious,foul, desecrating, or other forms.  Remember those words:  “Other Forms”.

I’m Old School and back in the days when I was growing up, “bad” words were vobotin. You may have uttered “cuss words” as a child, but you’d better not say them around an adult! Back then adults would let you have it (a cuff upside the head or a whack on the backside), and it wasn’t child abuse by the way.

Nowadays, swear words are considered part of the culture, and it’s everywhere! On television, radio, movies, books, and forget music (rap music being the leader. . . .), and let us not forget “social media”. Facebook, Twitter, and other social websites and forums.

However, if you are offended by these words and don’t want to see them,  what do you do?

I personally don’t like swear words because I don’t use them, and prefer not to see them on my Facebook timeline. So, I remove the offending posts. Most of the time these posts are few and far in between so that’s not a problem. However, if I’m “beseiged” by them, the producer of said posts becomes history. I unfriend them.

By the way, I also do this for what I consider “visually provocative and lewd” photographs. Yep, half or nearly neekid men and women.

A good example is a recent incident I had on Google Plus where I had joined a photography circle. For the uninitiated, on Google Plus you join “circles”. This circle consisted of a bunch of “unvetted” strangers who all claimed to be shutterbugs, and posted their photos for comments. This one guy kept “bombing” my timeline with a lot of photos of women, and since I work for who I work for, I was immediately on the alert.

At first the young ladies were fully clothed, then progressively they went to bathing suits, to half nude, to full nudity, then finally overt pornography. The indivdual claimed he was “professional photographer” and supposedly this was his idea of “art”. Well, not to me! I immediately blocked and reported him to Google Plus.

I’m proactive and censor my Facebook timeline because, 1. I have friends, family members, co-workers, and members of my church on Facebook, who would also be offended. 2. The “JOB” is laying in the cut and monitoring my page. . . . . .

I’m not saying I’m perfect. However, I am a Christian and I’ve been unfriended for what some call my “religious viewpoint” in the past. I’m also a stanch patriot, support the United States Military, and have a strong Conservative viewpoint. I’m sure I’ve been unfriended in the past for that also. But, “You can’t make people like you, who nitpick and find excuses not to.” So, life goes on.

I use Facebook as my “Neutral Zone” because I try not to espouse my viewpoint(s) very much on my pages. I’m saying very much compared to the “power washing” I’ve gotten in the past from some. . . . . .

Why not? Because, I have created other forums in which to safely express these viewpoints. I have a Political/Conservative/Christian blog and Twitter pages set up just for that. There I have like minded friends and followers where we can let fly together without being offensive to one another.

The prosecution rests. . . . . . . .

The floor is officially open for discussion.


4 comments on “What Do YOU Consider Profanity?

  1. Everyone is entitled to both their freedom of speech and their freedom of choice.The great thing about social media forums is that we don’t have to continue being friends with someone if they post words/pictures/opinions with which we disagree. We can unfriend them like changing the channel on the TV when we dislike a program. This way, we don’t have to read/see what we don’t want and they don’t have to stop posting their opinions.
    Great post!

    • The key is being proactive. With massive sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, they are too big to properly police their sites. They depend on users to police it for them. Above all, if someone is breaking the law, by posting porn, or soliciting drugs, then by all means one must report them. In the mean time, just unfriend them (Facebook), uncircle them (Google Plus) or block them (Twitter).

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