And if so what are the defining characteristics?
And if there is such a thing is it wrong to mention it?
And if it is wrong to mention it to what degree should that be punished?
But first we have to decide if there is such a thing. The word itself is used as an insult, and I’m not sure an insult can be either true or un-true. Or rather I’m sure it can be true or un-true but that that is not usually the primary purpose for the use of the word. It’s merely meant to cause offence, and usually in response to something the issuer of the insult is either offended, insulted, or angered by themself. But it can also be used in jest, so intent comes into the equation. Not that these things are necessarily independent of each other. And still the question remains: Is there such a thing as a cunt? Though I suppose to be more accurate the question should be ‘is there such a person as a cunt’?
It’s hard to believe that there isn’t. The word exists for a reason after all, and it is a description of a person, or at the very least a quality they posses. I don’t suppose that a person can be nothing but a cunt — certainly wouldn’t want to think so, anyway, though the world is a weird place and Allah does love wondrous variety so who knows! But as a rule I think all people can be considered to be more than just a cunt. But that is not the same as saying nobody is a cunt. So cunts exist. And a myriad of things can make a person a cunt and to a widely varying degree. There are also good cunts and bad cunts; That is something that appears to be being overlooked as far as social media companies are concerned.
So why do I ask the question?
I was recently temporarily suspended from Twitter for 12 hours. I could still view the site but most features of my account were locked. The 12 hour period would only begin to count down once the offending tweet had been deleted and a phone number (confirmed by receiving a code) had been provided.
Here is the the message I got from Twitter and the offending tweet:
To clarify: I did not simply tweet that comment at them as appears above but rather I retweeted a tweet by one of the two people named (Russell Brand and Sam Harris) along with the comment. The tweet I RT’d was of the interview the two of them had on Sam Harris’s Youtube channel. Childish and immature and totally unnecessary, I know, but was it promoting violence against, threatening or harassing anyone based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease? I would argue not. The tweet definitely does not promote violence in any way, and I can’t see how a single tweet can be taken as harassment, and certainly not on any of the grounds listed. At best it could be falsely seen as harassment on the grounds of being a cunt, but as being cuntese, or suffering from cuntability or a person’s cuntnicity are not included in their list of protected groups I can’t see how that would hold up to scrutiny. Nor do I see how it can be deemed hateful conduct as that would assume my motives. Am I wrong?
I wish I had clicked the link at the bottom of the page which read:
If you think we’ve made a mistake, contact our support team.
Then I could have argued my case that Russell Brand is indeed a cunt, and that Sam Harris probably is too, though that may be more open to debate…. but only maybe. Is this merely a matter of opinion? Is nobody an actual cunt? What are the qualities that make a person a cunt? Here’s a few I think can easily be included: Bad cunts: Spite, being obnoxious, the obtuse, lying, hatred, bigotry, arrogance and narcissism. Good cunts: Wit, fearlessness, creativity, imagination, honesty, insight, passion. There are many more aspects that can be included and not all of these on their own would necessarily make someone cuntious, and nor would the possession of all these qualities, good or bad, guarantee or even indicate that someone is of a cuntual persuasion, but a pattern emerges over time until one eventually sees the right combination of traits often enough to come to the conclusion that this person is indeed a complete and utter total cunt. Or maybe just a bit of one.
Doesn’t everyone have a little cunt in them? Doesn’t every family have at least one cunt in it?
Maybe I’m the cunt. There are some very good reasons to suspect I might be. But if you think I am then make your case and maybe it’ll make me a better person. I certainly won’t go about getting you removed from social media just because of your opinion of me, be I offended or not.
Russell Brand has made a living out of calling people a cunt, and I guess he has done well with it because people know he is joking, even when he is also correct. It doesn’t matter if the correctness of the observation is intentional or not on the part of the articulator of the expletive, does it?
I could go into a long list of things that I believe demonstrably prove that Russell Brand is in fact a cunt. A provable cunt. A certifiable cunt. But I think the fact that he had my account suspended because I called him a cunt is not a bad example on its own. Most people, if not all people would simply ignore a tweet like that, block the user and get on with their day. Celebrities don’t seem to be able to do the same. — There’s an irony in there somewhere. All of which can also be said for Sam Harris.
Is it hateful or funny to call a cunt a cunt, especially if that person is considered by many to be a prime example of an exceptionally cunty person? I suppose it might depend on whether they are the good or the bad kind. But do we really want social media companies to penalise users for ever-so-slightly risqué comments, even if they are childish and immature and totally unnecessary? And if so then why not say so rather than dressing it up as some kind of ‘hate speech’.
I’m not talking about the rightness or wrongness of such a comment (although it’s more about the fact that the comment included the Twitter handles of those it was referring to. You can call Russell Brand a cunt all you like on Twitter, but once you add the @ symbol it changes things, but only when those people are celebrities). I can appreciate that it is probably wrong in the sense of not very constructive; It’s not what you’d call a well thought out and considered statement. And I’m sure it would be better if all statements were, though I can not help but think that attempts to regulate speech so that only thoughtful and considerate comments are allowed is an idiotic aspiration. And let’s not forget that sometimes a very pointed comment can have the desired effect, if the desired effect is to snap someone out of their self involvement and bring them down to Earth with a bump so-to-speak. Doesn’t always work and it’s a skill like any other, but it does lend itself to the argument that sometimes it is not wrong to insult someone in quite a base manner in order to make a point: The form is also the message, or at least it can be.
What do you think? Are people overly sensitive, or should we police speech for its perceived offence? I would genuinely love to hear what people think about this either in particular or in general. It is a topic that has been brewing for a very long time and is extremely relevant right now and only becoming more so.
Thanks for stopping by.
Cuntinuity: Keeping a tidy vagina 😉
Header photo embroidery by minutedetaileroftheuniverse
I was telling Lildeanobear aka Little Deano Bear aka Little DB aka Lil’D (smaller but older sibling to Deano Bear aka Big Deano Bear aka DB aka Big DB) the other day about how there are some times of the day that are not a tea-time of the day… well, not for me anyway. He looked so confused, and a little worried. I explained that if I drink tea after a certain time (Little DB doesn’t really do time as he (‘he’ is just the pronoun we use most of the time though LDB’s gender is unknown) has never learned to count) in the evening it will make me get up in the night to go for a wee. After a couple of seconds thought he said, ‘But wouldn’t you be getting up, anyway, for a cup of tea… and a samwich? I like cake!’
I couldn’t really say that this couldn’t be the case as then I would have to try to explain what was going on all night that stopped me from making tea. Lil D doesn’t sleep for very long periods of time, and as he (as I said) doesn’t really do time it all gets a bit confusing.
He does understand the number four (sometimes) because four rhymes with paw and he has four of those. However, there have definitely been occasions when his idea of what four actually is have strongly indicated that he still doesn’t fully grasp the idea of number/s.
Anyway… must be time for foursies!
The moronically retarded level of literacy on the Internet is staggering. 8 or 9 out of 10 posts on any given site, and obviously on social media, are littered with typos, mistakes in spelling, grammar and punctuation. And that’s even from accounts from which one would expect better. On social media in particular and in comment sections of other websites most things posted are only semi-coherent. – One usually has to do some of the work to decipher the intended meaning, and often give the benefit of the doubt when things say one thing but almost certainly mean another. Just don’t expect that to be appreciated.
Here is my favourite example of how important punctuation and a knowledge of grammar are when it comes to writing:
Smith where jones had had had had had had had had had had had the teachers approval
The above is a perfectly coherent sentence. One simply needs to know where to put the punctuation and capital letters in order to make it make sense. So:
Smith, where Jones, had had, ‘had’ had had, ‘had had’. ‘Had had’ had had the Teacher’s approval.
If you still can’t quite get it this might help: The above scenario is where two students have handed in some writing. In one piece of writing the student had written ‘had’. The other student had written ‘had had’.
I do appreciate that there are a lot of perfectly literate people online and that I am not the most literarilly accurate. However it does piss me off to see this rapidly accelerating decrease in the standards of communication, while at the same time there is an accelerating increase in the amount of this shit going on.
Words and language are thoughts and ideas! Sort them out!
Or not… I don’t really give a fuck.
happy as can be, all good friends and jolly good company.”
First there was the 4 minute warning. Then AIDS. Then WMD’s. Now it’s some other made up bollocks just like the ones before. There’s always something about to end the world. But the world goes on. And can change into something unrecognisable in a heartbeat because of something that happens to you, personally. But the world goes on.
I wish I loved the human race
I wish I loved its silly face
I wish I liked the way it walks
I wish I liked the way it talks
And when I’m introduced to one
I wish I thought, ‘What jolly fun!’
Walter Raleigh (No, not that one).
Anti-Feminism. Toxic Masculinity. Trump. Left is Right; Right is Left. The Red Pill. Real Artificiality. Alternative Facts. Nano-Fractal-Quantum-Computers. WAR DEATH TERRORISM. D’oh! What goes down comes up. Public Privacy. Smart Things. Anti-Social Media Platform. Freedom of… Shhh! The future is… unpredictable. Tranny-Humanism. LGBTQ+%?*! Ctrl-Alt-Right-Delete. Sadam Obama Bin Ladin. Dark Matter / Doesn’t Matter.
A sad man who’s sane,
whose arm has been laden
with Twin Towels (9 x 11)
is fighting a bush over an oily ear rack.
Ewan counts ill. Finds 14 for tea, 1 in britches.
Is IsIs is? Al Qae-Akber!
Taxation is theft. Jet fuel can’t melt steel. Alphabet Soup. The Powers That Shouldn’t Be. The Tiny Dot. SJW’s. Identity Card Politics. Madness gone PC. Full Spectrum Surveillance. MKUltra. MGM.
Home. Peace. Green. Lil D. Mrs B. Baking Bread. Fresh Eggs. Fruit trees. Winged Things. Creativity. Breathing. Love.
And it’s not even 9am!
This post is from my old blogging site, Posterous, which no longer exists.
One of the most valuable things I ever learnt about design, and more specifically letter form, or typography, was to look at letters as though they are alive, to imagine them as some kind of animal. Once you do that you can see what the body language of that animal is saying. In it’s natural condition an individual letter should look balanced and at rest, evenly weighted and in its own space. This developed over millennia and we give it no thought at all when reading. In fact we can give it no thought at all for that very reason: Everything looks set, and in it’s natural position. There is nothing to distract the eye, and the reading can be automatic.
Basically every letter in the alphabet has unique characteristics that have become embedded into our subconscious. A designer is simply someone who has become aware of what makes a letter look like a letter, which in turn gives one the ability to distort those characteristics without loosing sight of the readability factor.
Letter form evolved certain characteristics due to the tools used to make them. Flat sticks, brushes, and chisels make thin lines at certain angles and thick lines at others. Also, because of human anatomy, some parts of a letter are more upright and some are more angled because most scribes were right handed and wrote left to right.
Below is a good example. All we need to look at is the capital letter ‘A’.
In the top version, compared to a standard letter ‘A’, it looks as though it is standing on tip-toe, or has its shoulders hunched, or is tense and uptight. In the bottom version the ‘A’ is balanced and at rest. Relaxed.
Just reversing a letter can show how many subtle elements are involved in its construction:
See? [The 2nd one is the correct one. The less you think about it the easier it is to see.]
And don’t even get me started on kerning and leading! You could drive a bus through some of it, or not get a tram ticket between the rest!
Once all the letters are sorted and each letter and word looks like a contained and happy unit there comes the element of placing. Placing is everything, as is scale and proportion. You are unlikely to get it right by accident or by instinct. In other words: use a professional 😉
I have often found that after studying something for years it will be a single simple comment that someone makes that teaches me more in a few seconds than a decade’s worth of thinking about it. I had the same experience with writing poetry Has that ever happened to you?
Thanks to all who commented before. Below are the comments and responses:
I may be having a mildly cynical Monday 😉
I think that for me one of the first instances of something being an extreme example of an indicator that it is virtually impossible to maintain artistic integrity whilst at the same time being hugely successful came via Martin Scorsese. As a young teenager and budding Thespian I was very aware of Martin Scorsese’s work. He’s very highly regarded as a director of films with many decades of experience and some very notable titles to his credit. His films are hard hitting, gritty, and realistic, using a lot of improvisation to induce natural and believable performances from his actors. I had heard of Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, King Of Comedy, and Mean Streets. I got to see them all at some point and was suitably impressed. They are after all very ‘impressive’ films, are they not?
Just as I was beginning to learn about art in general, at about the age of 21, Martin Scorsese directed the Michael Jackson music video, Bad. Nobody laughed. Something inside me realised that the world in which I lived did not value artistic integrity, the implications of which cannot be ignored, well only up to a point anyway. I never really got over that, especially the nobody laughing bit. – The Emperor’s New Clothes, and all that.
So, who’s bad? We are…. not just for putting up with mediocre work but for accepting the garbage that is said in praise of it, and the rewarding of it as high art. The work is good; It’s just not that good. It’s not that bad either, but come on… we can do better than this!
I believe that, like so many of us, this lesson was actually learnt much earlier, before the age of five or so, but then we go to school and we learn how to think like idiots i.e. way too much, and that which was obvious to us as infants (and which was understood without words) has to be re-learnt as adults.
There are probably lots of people that have maintained their artistic integrity and not sold out when the money trucks arrived, but I’m not so sure it’s the ones we’re lead to believe who have.
Have you ever been disappointed or surprised by an artist’s or author’s work compared to what they had done before?
My next post shall be all sunshine and lollipops… I promise!
So, you think you can’t write either?
It’s just occurred to me…. For years and years now I have been a huge admirer of writers. The art and craft of writing is something I have always felt is not a talent I will ever have, and could never create the amazing worlds and characters, scenarios and stories that so many incredibly gifted writers manage to do. And I don’t suppose for a second that even if I tried I would ever be able to compete with the greats, or even not so greats.
Partly this is because I was not taught to read and write much as a child and by the age of nine still didn’t know my alphabet and did not read my first book until age seventeen, which was The Hobbit. I took up reading properly in my early twenties and have always been terminally slow at it, but I’ve put in the hours and now am pleased to say that I have read a great many wonderful books, something I am immensely pleased and proud about.
I’ve always wished I could write and have always told myself that I know I can’t, perhaps subconsciously because of having no real grounding in it, but then it struck me! –
For about a decade now I have been communicating with people around the globe by email, Myspace, Facebook and several other sites. I write lengthy emails, sometimes several a day, in fact usually several a day. These emails are reasonably well written – I seem to have an intuitive grasp of grammar and punctuation. The emails, which in volume would equate to a couple of Bible’s worth, are well structured and because of the reasons for writing them have to contain coherent information and descriptions of what is going on in my life. And yet it has taken me till now to realise that not only can I write but that I am in fact a writer! OK, so I’m not writing books or even short stories and I’m not published, but the simple fact of the matter is that I write every single day in blogs, to friends and for my own amusement. Quality is another matter and form is its own thing but there you have it:
I’m a writer!
And there’s none more surprised than me at that realisation.
What goes up sometimes comes down.
On occasion water can be wet.
Under the right circumstances 2 + 2 will make 4.
Believing is seeing.
The shortest distance between two points is love.
The camera never lies when under duress.
Suicide is only one way of surviving this life.