Episode 47: How to Curse Like a F*cking Lady

Why is swearing still considered so effing unladylike? (Unsplash/Oleg Laptev)

Why is swearing still considered so effing unladylike? (Unsplash/Oleg Laptev)

Why is cursing still considered so effing unladylike, and how does swearing affect how women are heard? Caroline and Cristen decode the unspoken gender in our taboo talk with Australian linguist Kate Burridge who knows pretty much everything you’d ever wanna know about allegedly ‘filthy’ language. Then, Egyptian-American feminist author Mona Eltahawy flexes the patriarchy-smashing power of profanity.

Correction: In a slip of the tongue, we originally referred to Rep. Rashida Tlaib as a “representative from Minnesota.” While we know Minnesotians probably love her too, we’ve corrected that portion so the representative is properly represented as Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

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Dr. Kate Burridge: a linguist with a taste for profanity. (Photo:  Chris Hopkins/The Age )

Dr. Kate Burridge: a linguist with a taste for profanity. (Photo: Chris Hopkins/The Age)

Mona Eltahawy: truly feminist AF. (Photo:  sister-hood )

Mona Eltahawy: truly feminist AF. (Photo: sister-hood)

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