I’m a big believer in the idea that people give words their power. If “fuck” is said often by a three-year-old (which in my house, it is) then it loses its power. It’s just a fun thing to say, and when used non-playfully, it just doesn’t have as much bite. And isn’t that a good thing? Don’t we disarm pricks just a little bit by softening the meaning of the words they want to use against us?
Editor’s Break 036 has Skyler thinking about the playful and non-hateful use of racial slurs like “nigger”, and the larger questions of free speech and what we’re teaching our children.