Saturday, December 17, 2005
Censorship and Taboo Subjects
My mother's a patriot, I guess.
Not allowing children to swear is a tradition of the United States. It has been carried from generation. So my mom tells me not to curse. I think that's reasonable. But hypocritical? Certainly. I don't know how someone can tell you not to curse who curses. It seems to me that adults, in general, swear. That's just how it works.
But not allowing your kids to is hypocritical. That's not to say it isn't right. I mean I have no desire to swear. Most of us don't. And I don't think kids should.
But it's hypocritical, I think. I get punished if I swear. I can't use the computer.
I guess we've come a long way from washing your mouth out with soap and water.
Okay, so you get it's hypocritical. So I won't go over that anymore. I move now to a slightly more extreme version of this rule.
I have this funny story, in which I was listening to Rent on my cruddy CD player. In case you didn't know, there is quite a bit of swearing in this musical. So I was listening to a song with the "s-h" word in it. In case you're wondering, I typed that with a snigger. Anyway, the car I was in hit a bump. The music started skipping on the word, playing the first portion of this word over and over.
I grant you the story would have been funnier if I had used the actual word. Anyway, I was going to tell this story to my mom. Thinking of her rule, I asked her for permission to swear "in quotes", certain that she would say yes. If you didn't figure it our yet, she said no. I was incredulous. I could not believe what she had said. So then I came and wrote a blog post about it, complete with an ironic picture.
Anyway, I would also like to impart to you my ideas about taboos. Taboo subjects are subjects people feel uncomfortable talking about, because our society deems it "socially wrong". A famous comedian, named Lenny Bruce, was famous for using Taboos on stage. He talked about sex, race, and religion frankly, using swear words and derogatory terms.
Rather ironically, Bruce was arrested several times, for both possesion of narcotics and obscenity. He died at 41 of a morphine overdose.
Anyway, I encourage you all to challenge those boundaries that hold you back, or at least not to do morphine.
This has been Sam Austin, hoping you don't show this to your parents.