Monday, April 2, 2012

Feminism and Insults

Writing and reading YA, plus spending the 40/wk with teens means that I usually know what insults are being bandied about at the moment. Some of them are funny, some of them are horrific, and the tried-and-true are still holding strong.

Something that I've noticed about the old standbys of Insultland is that the ones generally reserved for males are actually directed at their mother, not at the fella himself.

Somewhat-Tamed-Down-Examples:

1) SOB - Well, duh
2) Bastard - implies that mom is loose
3) MF'er - it takes two to tango

And my personal fav, not necessarily related to mothers:

4) D-bag - what you're really saying is, "Hey! You're a really useful tool for personal hygiene."

But yeah... still female oriented.

So, to counteract this I've come up with a whole slew of male oriented insults that are quite fun. I won't be sharing them on the blog though. If you really want to know you'll just have to read my books to dig out those little gems of wisdom.

I will add though, that I don't think those time-tested insults will be going anywhere soon, and my own creative and amusing insults will probably only be flashes in the proverbial pan. So, instead of trying to force my new slang into the mainstream I'm going to embrace the negativity of feminine wordage and start calling everyone I don't like a "menstruater."

6 comments:

Riley Redgate said...

I am totally going to use 'menstruater'. It shall be integrated into the teen culture soon enough, just watch!

Oh man, the next person to piss me off has it comin'. >:D

April Tucholke said...

How about "double X chromosome?" That's bound to sting.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I like that...."You're nothing but a menstruater!"

Michelle Krys said...

Haha! Love this post! Menstruater it is :)

Bethany C. said...

I'm penning you in as a write-in candidate this fall.

Mindy McGinnis said...

Riley - together, you and I shall takeover the world! Well... at least small geographical pockets of teen slang.

April - ZING!

Yvonne - I also like the idea of... "You better get out of my face before I go menstrual on you!"

Michelle - Yeah... I thought you and your snarky good hair could appreciate this.

Bethany - Oh Shit. Can you imagine if I won!?!? I'm running on the Independent Menstrual platform.