‘He Do the Police in Different Voices’: On Speech and Language Policing


Jeanne de Montbaston

“And I’ll tell you another thing about the way women don’t Talk Proper …”
Filippo Lippi, Man and Woman at a Casement. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to speak, as T. S. Eliot puts it, ‘in different voices’. We use language as an index of belonging. At the moment, there’s an idiolect, which I’d like to imagine would immediately tell me whether or not I’m in the presence of the sisterhood. ‘Silencing’ is the new favourite Participle Of Oppression for all parties. Fourth wavers talk about language as a form of literal violence. Radfems say unsisterly things about fourth wavers and bite our tongues. We all thank the goddess for Rebecca Solnit coining the term ‘mansplaining’, and Deborah Cameron writes brilliant critiques of all the idiotic pseudo-scientific arguments that all misogyny would disappear if only women would learn to Talk…

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America: The New Germany and Trump: The New Hitler


No Psychos, No Druggies, No Stooges

Trump and his Nazi propaganda Adolf Hitler manipulated and emboldened his country with hate, by making a common enemy of the Jews. Donald Trump is calling Americans to turn on each other by taking away birthright. It’s a strategy that appears to be working with the ignorant and the uneducated and the misguided. The people want change and they will reach for the low-hanging fruit. What comes next? Deportation is too costly, so then here come the Mexican concentration camps. The United States of America is being taken over by morons and all of the good people will just stand by and let it happen.

The question is: Why are people so focused on immigrants? They are the least of our problems. The hateful propaganda against poor immigrants is being heavily reported on by the brainwashing news media. We have bigger problems with government corruption wasting billions on corporate welfare and loopholes that allow corporations…

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