Okay, we all know what the joke is supposed to be. I don't care how many definitions the word has, we all know what the title of the deviation sarcastically implies. Stop trying to insult the intelligence of those of us who don't approve of the joke by telling us that we're only viewing the word in its vulgar meaning. You know just as well as I do that, again, the joke is intended to be innocently dirty. I don't approve. The end. Period. There is nothing more to add to that so stop trying to convince me otherwise.
puss·y1 [poos-ee] Show IPA noun, plural puss·ies. 1. a cat, especially a kitten. 2. the game of tipcat. 3. the tapering piece of wood used in tipcat. Origin: 1575–85; puss1 + -y2
The word pussy has been used since 1576 as a non-sexual manner. Further there are countries who still use pussy as the word cat. It is not vulgar and those who allude to an innocent image as being vulgar are the ones who are being immature.
Heh, the guy replies telling me how rude I am, after doing the equivalent of interrupting by refusing to read my whole post before replying. I guess he would know about rude, being so well practiced.
He got all upset about me speaking in generalities about people encouraging censorship, and took what I said to be an attack on him personally, and he calls me defensive.
So, if anyone wants to reply to him and point out that if he had read the entirety of my comment, that I was very clear on my not judging or disrespecting him personally, I'd be tickled by the fact that he has to continue to hear about it despite blocking me in a huff.
I guess if it's not surprising that those of us who understand tolerance and the harmlessness of comedy are "rude," it's much less surprising that the easily offended cannot even make it through the entirety of a dissenting opinion before storming off in a huff.
I stopped reading after the first sentence of the second paragraph. Why? Because there was never--not once-- a time when I told someone not to tell a joke, not to say a certain something, or not to do something specific. In fact, all I said in my post was that I didn't like the joke and listed a few reasons why I was against it and feelings that I had toward the joke. I had every intention of reading this seemingly well-thought out comment of yours (merely judging by the length of it--a huge mistake apparently), but was totally put-off by the lack of facts in just your second paragraph. Your abrasive and overly defensive tone in your writing is also a huge turn-off and only makes me hate the joke and dislike the people who approve of it even more. Those who are against the joke have been pretty calm, from what I've read in the comments on this picture. Those who are upset with people for not agreeing with the joke seem to be much more defensive and rude in their comments. The joke is rude and so are the comments defending it. This is not a surprise in the least.
You can dislike it if you want, that's fine. You don't have to be a fan of the joke. I'm not the taste police. Dislike whatever you want.
However, when someone goes to the length of berating someone for the joke, or saying "Hey, don't do that," it's not acceptable to me. Don't go around telling people what to do just because you don't like it. Shrug and move on, if it isn't hurting you, it's none of your business. And no, being offended does not count as harm.
You have a right to be offended at whatever you want, but I don't believe you have the right to demand the world stop offending you. If you want to not be offended, work on developing a thicker skin, don't demand those around you change.
I think there needs to exist a chain of logic behind something for it to be valid. "It's just not right," or "This is offensive," just doesn't cut it. You need to be able to explain why it's bad, what bad comes from it.
WHY would you be outraged if your kids saw this? What bad comes of it? They wouldn't get it, and if they did, it's because that part of their innocence is already sullied. So, what harm does this cause?
If you can't provide a clear chain of logic for how this causes harm to anyone, then I'm sorry, I cannot sympathize with your outrage.
If your answer is something along the lines of "That's just the way I feel," then I see that as a cop out. You simply do not want to examine why you feel the way you feel, because you're afraid the logic to support it isn't there, and you're afraid to admit that maybe the way you've been looking at things doesn't really make sense.
I'm not all knowing, so I'm not saying someone couldn't present me with a logical explanation for why something like this is harmful. I'm just saying, if you cannot, maybe you ought to examine why you feel the way you do. I've never heard a logical reason why so called offensive comedy is harmful, and I can't think of one myself. I doubt today will be the day, but if you think you have one, I'll certainly listen.
I'm sorry if you find that offensive. I'm sorry if this kind of honest appraisal of this particular mindset makes you uncomfortable. I want to be clear that I don't think you're stupid or a bad person. I'm not judging you, and you wouldn't be alone in holding on to a belief just because it's what you've always believed.
It's extremely common for people to feel secure in a belief simply because it's what they've always believed. Most people don't like the idea of examining their beliefs, for fear of discovering they were wrong, fear of change, and fear of what that might mean.
However, just because it's common doesn't make it right. In fact, I think it's actually a negative aspect of our psyche, and one I hope we eventually outgrow as a species.
I respect you as an individual, and I respect your right to feel the way you do. I simply cannot agree or understand if there isn't a strong logical backing to your argument, and I'll never shy away from pointing out what I find to be illogical because I see logic as the pathway to both personal and societal progress.
All that said, it really doesn't matter. It's just a title on a picture on a website that most people will never see and those that do will forget by the end of the day. The only reason I bothered to type all that out is because I enjoy writing and talking about my opinions, and those opinions are based on broader social issues.
So please, don't feel compelled to reply if it's going to upset you or if you feel it's a waste of time. I'm not trying to change you if you don't want to be changed. I'm simply providing my point of view because it's something I enjoy doing, and if you find it worth thinking about, that's great. If you don't, feel free to dismiss it.