Thursday, October 12, 2006

Expletives Repeated

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At many workplaces across the Capital Region and beyond, employers are suddenly finding they must deal with employees cursing on the job. Needless to say, if work entails any interaction with the general public, a few well-flung cursewords can tarnish a company's reputation.

Why all the bad words and why now? Let's go back to the early 1950's. The present-day collapse of post World War II values likely began in the tidy new clapboard and brick homes of servicemen who'd returned from WW2 or the Korean War. The forbidden words overheard by little boys who brought the expletives to the streets and playfields after school.

Fast Forward to 2006. Modern world. Modern workplaces. Women entered the workforce in droves during the 1970s. Cursewords creep into the vernacular via the media during the 1990s. Howard Stern pushed good taste aside on his radio program, cable chnaged everything on the TV side. As we entered the 2000s, some red-faced parents find an 8pm TV network program, "Ugly Betty," a little too blue for young teen and pre-teen kids! The language of the media becomes the language of the culture, just like the "news today is the movies for tomorrow."
Having said that, I find it curious that the females at just about any workplace who complain loudest about sexual innuendo and salty talk, listen to hip-hop music. Indeed, one local radio station's specific target is young white females in their twenties with small children. So these women are daydreaming about gangsta rapper-types who invite women to "chew on my bubble yum," delighting in listening to songs many consider degrading to women. Another case of "Go figure!" You can't have your bubble-yum and eat it too, girls!

Is there a solution? Does anyone have a suggestion? Where do we go from here?

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