Gradually, we know that swearing and public vulgarity are now out in the open, for anyone to see.
Barnes and Noble, a respected national retailer of books, has a big sign in their window at The Grove advertising a woman who calls herself “E’s Answer Bitch”.
I don’t know who Leslie Gornstein is, nor do I really care, since her affiliation with “E!” is enough to make me not want to watch her or buy her books.
But I wonder about the word “bitch”, a term that many people find to be just as demeaning to woman as “slut” or “c–t”. Why is it funny? And why is it proper and fitting for a chain store to advertise this ugly word in big letters on their front windows when thousands of children pass by here daily? Does a woman calling herself “bitch” make it right?
What if I were to go into this Barnes and Noble and walk up to a female worker and say to her, “Hey, Bitch can you find me a book?” What would her possible reaction be? Would a waiter working in a restaurant in The Grove walk up to a table of old ladies and ask, “Hey you old bitches, are you ready to order?” Of course not. But someone at Barnes and Noble has spent thousands promoting the “E!’s Answer Bitch” and printing posters to hang in the window.
Maybe it is something small or unimportant to get offended about. But I offer this poster as an exhibit to just how crude the times we live in are.