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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Teens Against Cursing on Facebook

I recently got an email from new member Annette J. from Malaysia, talking about the new group she made on Facebook against cursing!

"Our aim is to lessen those mean and filthy words or maybe substitute them with other words that doesn't sound such as filthy as the original word," Annette told me. Bleep! could not agree with this message more. Try to stop using bad words in general, but if you have a hard time, use alternatives instead. I readily admit that I use a lot of substitutes for bad words, since it's hard to completely erase them from your vocabulary, even in a short amount of time.

If you're on Facebook, make sure to like Annette's page. It's a great page filled with a lot of anti-cursing inspiration. If you think you're the only one who dislikes hearing bad words, this page shows that you're not alone, whether you're in the US or Malaysia or any country in between.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Everyone Should Keep a Clean Mouth

A friend of mine recently shared this article with me. It discusses how a school in New Jersey made students take a pledge not to curse.

At first, this seems great - a school going out of its way to ensure its students stay clean-mouthed. The catch is that the school only asked female students to take this vow. Boys were asked to abstain from cursing only when they were around girls.

I'm sure the school meant well, but they really missed the mark. Although cursing may indeed be not terribly ladylike, such a concept is so archaic and outdated that it didn't even make it into the Bleep! philosophy. Making girls take a pledge not to curse and allowing boys to say bad words whenever they want to is a double standard, which is clearly not fair. The double standard in cursing has always been prevalent, and I've blogged about it in the past. However, that doesn't make it right.

People who agree with Bleep!'s goals need to understand that nobody should curse - not just one segment of the population.