Why increase in sexual explicit cursing language?

A person shouting vulgar words.

In the factory where Inez was employed, she was the undisputed queen of the ‘cussing clique.’ One day Alice accidentally bumped into Inez.

In the ensuing argument Alice casually swore at Inez. Onlookers were shocked at this brashness. Inez retaliated with a torrent of  sexual obscene insults. 

Louder and louder rang out the offending oaths, echoing and reechoing off the walls, attracting fellow employees who came running to cheer on their favorite. 

At first it seemed to be a deadlock as curse after curse rent the air.

Finally the greater experience of Inez, in mingling and compounding sexual obscenities, began to prevail.

From what seemed to be a limitless vocabulary of abusive words, she beat down Alice, who, silenced and red-faced, slowly walked away. 

Jubilant shouts were heard as workers drifted back to their machines. Inez, taking it all as a matter of course, calmly resumed her work.

Such incidents are not uncommon today. Language once identified with hopeless derelicts has become routine. 

Swearing on the sexual parts of women and men is now “acceptable.” Young ones commonly use language that used to get their mouths washed out with soap. 

And while, in the past, curse words were represented in print by asterisks or dashes, they are now often spelled out for the reader.

The change in view toward obscenity is also reflected in movies. These are now commonly filled with raunchy conversations and obscene words.

Filmmakers often insert such language to get an “adult” rating.

Vulgar language in daily life


Today vulgar words describing sexual activity punctuate almost every sentence of many people, being applied to almost every conceivable thing.

And these words are not necessarily said in anger or in connection with pain, but now people are cursing simply for the sake of cursing.

From greeting cards to graffiti the spread of gutter language is evident. T-shirts, posters, bumper stickers and buttons bearing written obscenities can be seen almost everywhere.

Such language has become the “in” thing for many people.

Public profanity has become so widely accepted that reversal of the pattern would be difficult if not impossible.

No wonder that ours has been called “the Age of Obscenity”!

What is the reason?


The growth of obscenity is directly related to the deterioration of traditional institutions and standards of behavior.

“It’s a sign of the times,” says one religious spokesman. 

The breakdown of the family structure, the loss of respect for authority and the new ‘everything goes’ morality have all contributed to unrestrained, sexually explicit obscenities. 

Such language reflects today’s frequently immoral life-style.

Harvard psychiatry lecturer Thomas Cottle noted: 

People are finding their lives phony, unsatisfying, and they are angry. . . . Lurking behind this anger is aggressiveness.”

It is claimed that profanity is a means of releasing built-up anger and frustration. Chaytor Mason, a clinical psychologist admits:

If someone cuts across in front of me on the freeway and I cuss him out, it shows to me I’m a better person than he is and regains some of my ego status.”

Obscenities considered not harmful


"It should be applauded!", says Reinhold Aman, editor of Maledicta, a magazine about profanity.

He feels that verbal aggression is beneficial since it is preferable to physical aggression.  Aman says:

I’d rather be called a [*@*@] than get a bullet or knife in the chest,” 

Also putting in a good word for bad words, Chaytor Mason says: 

Profanity, swearing or whatever you want to call it is a time-tested and effective method of releasing emotions built up by frustration.”

More and more people are becoming tolerant of profanity, feeling that it is harmless.

They feel that the use of an obscenity to fit the occasion is justified.

In fact, Seventeen, a magazine for teenage girls, observes: 

Every once in a while, it’s fun to get together with the girls or the boys—or both for that matter—for a raunchy, can-you-top-this swear fest. I’m thinking of the scatology contest held on the third floor of my women’s college dorm. The four-letter words slung through the air that night would have made a vice cop blush.”

Do you agree that profanity is justified?

Spoken just for fun


What is a “scatology contest”?

According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, “scatology” is defined as: “Study of excrement; hence, study of the obscene.” 

What do you think about trying to top others in the use of vile language?

“Ranking” or “bagging” is the term often used for the swear fests in which young persons frequently engage today. 

The objective often is to insult the other person’s mother in a can-you-top-this word exchange. 

The opponents, generally two, are surrounded by a group of friends who laugh as they hear their friend’s mother degraded by a more witty opponent. 

A similar practice is name calling. It is the practice of describing another’s appearance, likening it to some unpleasant animal such as a pig, rat or skunk.

These practices, along with the telling of obscene jokes for entertainment, have become very common. 

By sharing in them, participants imply that indecencies are not so bad since they can joke about them. And they point out, ‘Look at how many people laugh.’ 

No doubt such practices have contributed to the increase of obscenities’ becoming a part of everyday speech, with even “professional” and “sophisticated” persons now using them.

Share this post with your social networks: