The Speech Nazis Are Marching Again


Duke’s ‘You Don’t Say’ Campaign Reminds You Which Words Shouldn’t Be Used As Slang

There’s no reason you should ever refer to something as “gay,” and a campaign called “You Don’t Say” at Duke University is reminding students with a photo campaign.

The project was developed by Think Before You Talk and Blue Devils United, two student organizations at Duke.

In another effort by the groups, they painted a local bridge urging people not to say things like “That’s retarded” or that they were “raped” by something inanimate like a test:


The campaign tackles the use of words like “pussy,” “fag,” “man up” or “bitch” as slang terms.

It’s not that I think those words are perfectly acceptable. I don’t use those words, or use them rarely. And I understand completely that words can hurt worse than sticks and stones.

But I believe in freedom of speech. I’m something of an absolutist on the subject. In a free society we have to put up with some stuff we don’t like. We don’t have to LIKE it, but we do have to put up with it. More importantly, we have to defend it. Popular speech doesn’t need any defense.

There as been a censorship movement in this country that has been active the past view decades, emanating from the political left and centered around our colleges and universities. I think it grew out of the Civil Rights movement as racial epithets became socially unacceptable.

But it didn’t stop there. “Wetback” became “illegal alien” then “illegal immigrant” and now they want us to say “undocumented worker.” As each term becomes “un-PC” the debate shifts with it. It’s now considered offensive to use a description of a person that accurately reflects that the person is unlawfully in this country.

Some might say that this is just an “awareness campaign” so that people won’t inadvertently give offense to others. But I can’t help but wonder what would happen to someone who keeps using those “offensive” terms. Will they face official sanction, or merely be the target of “unofficial” action like was used against Brendan Eich?

Invasion and curtailment of freedom is always a slippery slope. The first ones are easy. There is no good excuse to call someone a “nigger” or a “cunt.” But once you’re on that slope, where do you stop? Is “negro” okay? What about “bitch” and “pussy?” How about “colored” and “bossy?”

Where does it stop? More importantly, who decides? Are the rules going to be determined by the easiest to offend? Most importantly, how will these speech codes be enforced, and by whom?

If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, it will protect all of you. – Larry Flynt

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97 Responses to The Speech Nazis Are Marching Again

  1. The Klown says:

    America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.
    – Andrew Shepard (Michael Douglas) in The American President

  2. The Klown says:

    Do you know what I find to be really offensive? Bogus accusations of racism.

  3. The Klown says:
  4. The Klown says:
    • votermom says:

      Don’t say it.
      Dont write about it.
      Dont even think abiut it.
      All your speech belongs to us.

      • Lulu says:

        Shut up. Change the speech rules constantly. Shut up. I won’t listen. Shut up. Only my feelings count. Shut up.
        It really is like dealing with a disturbed, not too bright, spoiled adolescent that no one interacted with while they were growing up. They are stuck in late grammar or middle school. Then people wonder why they are not doing very well intellectually, socially or economically. They are looking at a life of being used, outwitted, passed over and manipulated. It is pathetic.

  5. Lulu says:

    Speech is a way to separate yourself. If you don’t know the language you cannot participate or be heard and therefore excluded or “othered”. By creating forbidden words, making words up, changing the meaning of words, creating in house vocabularies that no one but your “group” can understand, you get to exclude (not only shut up but demonize and ignore) those with whom you do not wish to interact. Most professions have their own tech speak in which they communicate but this movement is specifically to shun as undesirable anyone not of their group. I personally think it is done of fear, insecurity, laziness. Studies are finding that young people are not developing their ability to interact with speech and social cues because of technology which is further isolating them not just from other people but from ideas. Writing a trite little jibble of political correctness on a piece of cardboard and taking a picture of them self is now perceived as a bold and meaningful act. How herd-like. How lazy. How sad.

  6. The Klown says:
  7. Lulu says:

    Putin is not going to bother with the idiots in the White House any longer. It is a waste of breath. The nonsensical “hashtag” selfie from a Obama apparatchik was so far down the rabbit hole the Russians must think they are crazy. They speak entirely in their own code and are getting very delusional and dangerous (and they grin like simpletons). They think Twitter is a diplomatic channel.

    • leslie says:

      I don’t know what the Russians think, But I think they are crazy. . . and stupid and lazy and yes, very dangerous.

      • Lulu says:

        Isolation does that. When you are so much better, smarter, more talented than anyone who has ever walked the face of the earth nothing can pierce the delusion. They are so nasty and ignorant they don’t know how to get the diplomatic back and forth going again. Obama likes to talk but won’t listen. He is surrounded by enablers. Kerry is an incompetent arse licker who is way above his pay grade. Anyone who could possibly get them on a path to anything positive is long excluded. They have bullshitted themselves into a hole with no way out.

    • Lulu says:

      Now the Obama kids are calling names. Putin is afraid of the internet.
      He won’t play by “hashtag” rules. This is not the fifth grade and he doesn’t have to talk to you via Twitter or inane telephone calls that you then lie about. Write it down and send over by diplomatic pouch like has been done for several thousand years if it isn’t too beyond your abilities.

      • 1539days says:

        These are the same idiots that believe in the “knowledge” economy and that high speed rail and wifi will usher in a new revolution of economic growth. Still, China is eating our lunch in factories that create products we used to produce 30-70 years ago.

        • Lulu says:

          Their knowledge is mostly daydreams or bullshit talk. They have no experience doing anything but slinging bull and expecting someone else to pay for it. They never built a tree house and experienced how much work it is and that it will fall on your head. They got a trophy about TALKING about building a tree house. Then they made fun of the kids who built a tree house and wouldn’t let them in.

    • votermom says:

      They are trying to play PC shame games with a former KGB officer.
      They are so out of their depth it’s unbelievable.

  8. The Klown says:
    • leslie says:

      Remember the question to McCarthy; “Finally, have you no shame, sir? Have you no shame?” Well, Bronco, et al have no shame and are so narcissistic they wouldn’t know what shame if it tweeted them with a selfie.

    • swanspirit says:

      Michelle still scares the living hell out of me . I have worked with a lot of people , a lot , and she is one of the scariest I have ever seen . She is one of those people you disagree with at your peril . You simply do not disagree with her about anything , at anytime . , or your job, and probably career would be toast .

  9. 1539days says:

    A lot of my political philosophy was cemented after reading “1984.” Orwell understood decades ago that language was how we expressed ourselves, not only to others, but to ourselves. Imagine how hard it would be to even think about freedom if all the language about freedom was never taught to you.

    Every time we think we’ve outgrown superstitions, we make new ones. Visitations from incubi and succubi were replaced by alien abductions. Spells and incantations are replaced by “hate speech,” words that have the power to stop people in their tracks and limit their futures.

  10. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      For absolutely nothing. Not a damn accomplishment. To go backwards. Not to win a war. Not to advance infrastructure or leaps in knowledge. To accomplish nothing. This is our Dark Ages.

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  12. gumsnapper says:

    As Orwell said, narrowing the language narrows thoughts. In 1984 a character stated that with the elimination of more and more words in Newspeak, thoughtcrime would eventually become almost impossible to commit.

    It’s not surprising that a totalitarian left would want to restrict speech.

  13. WMCB says:

    The whole “you hurt my feelings” thing had value back when people were reasonable about their feelings. You paid attention when that claim was made, because people didn’t make it lightly, especially as a public matter to the wider society.

    But we now live in an environment where control is being actively sought, and those who wish to control have figured out that “you’ve offended/harmed/hurt the feelings of someone” is a really good guilt-trigger button. And they push it absolutely cynically and deliberately, as a shut up tool and a political weapon.

    Once that starts happening, you have robbed society of the luxury of being concerned about others’ feelings. Once you weaponize it, the rest of us are completely justified in ignoring it. Any person who has ever had any sort of relationship with a passive-aggressive knows this. Most parents know it also, and have dealt with the sneaky kid who figures out that turning on the pout and the waterworks over hurt feelings can get their brother/sister in trouble, and wields that power with glee until mom and dad catch on.

    I care if I offend or hurt the feelings of someone I know. Someone who is a friend, a family member, someone I can judge whether it’s all genuine. But I no longer give one flying shit if I offend or “hurt the feelings” of every random person in society. They are outside my care loop, because their sincerity and sanity is now in doubt. And the progs are who put them there. Blame the progs.

    You CAN weaponize guilt, but the problem is that once people catch on, the backlash is FIERCE. You have never seen anyone coldly and implacably not give a shit like someone who has caught on to a passive-agressive’s little game. It’s icy. And I’m stone-cold there.

  14. fif says:

    The campaign that also annoys me is “Don’t ever use the word bossy (for a girl).” It’s the wrong message. First, you cannot control speech (hopefully) and you are only reinforcing its use as a weapon. Second, the issue is to teach girls that it’s OKAY to be “bossy” at times – it’s not a “bad” quality. I work with projections, and if we embrace every human quality, then we can access the gifts in them and use them with discrimination when they serve us and a situation. If girls are afraid of being called “bossy,” or “bitch,” then they play small, don’t speak up, and become people-pleasers. If they are ok with all of who they are, and do not fear the labels, then the power and strength in being outspoken, a leader, and assertive is available to them. Hillary & Sarah are examples of standing strong in the face of all the name-calling, as ugly and offensive as it is. They do not allow it to disempower them. I love my bossy self!

    • WMCB says:


      It boggles my mind how people can think that railing at society to treat you with kid gloves (because you are so fragile????) is in any way empowering. Huh? WTF??

    • votermom says:

      Little known fact: BLM shooting Clive Bundy’s cows was just them participating the Ban Bessy campaign. They stopped when they found out it was spelled with an o.

    • elliesmom says:

      I’m a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, and they frequently send me requests for donations. The last request came with a link to their participation in the “Ban Bossy” program, which they assured me was a wonderful thing for girls. I responded, “You have taken this organization to places that make me not recognize it anymore. Please remove me from your donors’ list. How do you teach girls to be leaders if you can’t show them the difference between leadership and being bossy? How can we teach kids to overcome their fears if we teach them a word should send them cowering? This is the first time in over 50 years I have not bought a single box of your cookies. You will get no more money from me. Save yourself the postage. Just don’t ask anymore.”

  15. lyn says:

    Free speech is what made America great. Take that away, and we are nothing. Great post and awesome comments!

  16. The Klown says:

    Stolen from AofSHQ:

    The Americans: A Canadian’s Opinion By Gordon Sinclair:

  17. DeniseVB says:

    Wasn’t that old elementary school saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never harm me” helpful in toughening us up against the bullies ? Or, “I know you are but what am I ? ” I miss the simpler days.

    Now we have a very respected (at almost 50k/yr) university saying ” just shut up” ? I mean, how can we figure out, in real life, who the aholes are when they can’t behave like one?

    I saw another article on this….now wondering if rapper/hip-hop is banned on campus too ?

  18. The Klown says:
  19. The Klown says:

    Speaking of bizarre shit, check out the pictures from last night in this timeline:

  20. helenk3 says:

    when I was working we used to have to go to “charm School” to learn how to deal with the public. The trainmen still have to go once a year. We had an instructor just out of college and the more she talked the dumber she sounded. I had to explain to her that “going toe to toe” with someone meant a confrontation. Had a conductor many years ago that always said ” fantastic or charming” with a inflection instead of saying bullshit. believe me dealing with the public can make you think fantastic or charming a lot.

    a random thought

    what do you think that other countries see and think about our country when they see the owies , defecating in the streets or the 4/20 pot celebration in Colorado? Our government celebrating and approving of these events?

  21. helenk3 says:

    interesting article. what is tolerance?

  22. helenk3 says:

    I used to think that if you had the brains and the money to go to college, you went to get the education to help you get a better job, live a better life and be useful. Now I see tuition going up, and more and more less useful things being taught and a lot of time and money being wasted

  23. DandyTIger says:

    Feminists empowerment movements that ask men to support them: irony.

  24. Somebody says:

    On the topic of this post I’m sick to death of the attempts to regulate speech and the whole PC thing. It’s ridiculous what you can’t say anymore for fear of hurting somebody’s wittle feelings. Orwell was apparently off by a couple of decades. I thought 1984 was fiction, apparently it was a how to guide.
    We may have need to travel to Duke University for medical purposes in the very near future, we’ll find out Monday. I planned to finish out the school year with 1984, we’re starting it next week. Oh my the timing!

    • Somebody says:

      Correction we find out Wednesday if we’re headed to Duke…..I got appointments mixed up.

  25. DeniseVB says:

    This made me LOL…..

  26. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      “Vox conversations- The smartest thinkers, the toughest questions.”
      This is in a graphic box on the website next to this “Coffee for Dummies” article. They do not appear to be kidding.

      • 1539days says:

        Iced coffee is the unofficial drink of millennial douche bags. Sadly, I’ve become a fan of the drink during the summer as well. I was actually expecting the article to be a corporate take-down of gouging people for the same thing at a different temperature. Then I remembered that Vox probably still hopes to get Starbucks as a sponsor.

  27. The Klown says:

    Ever feel like you wandered into the Twilight Zone?

    Racist NBA Owner Donald Sterling Is Racist on Tape

    For years and years, the NBA, which depends on the labor of black athletes and the goodwill of black fans, has tried to ignore the well-documented fact that Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is unambiguously and actively racist (in addition to being a lawbreaker and all-around degenerate).

    Now TMZ has posted a recorded conversation in which the billionaire berates a girlfriend of his because she has brought black people to Clippers games and has posed with black people on Instagram. It’s a direct window into Sterling’s bigoted, psychosexually twisted psyche: The heart of his complaint is that by “associating with black people,” his girlfriend (who identifies herself as mixed-race), is preventing herself from being “perceived as either a Latina or a white girl.”

    This is “painful” to him, Sterling says. “It bothers me a lot,” he says.

    Sterling is specifically outraged because his girlfriend posted a photograph of herself with Magic Johnson. “Don’t bring him to my games!” he says, of the Los Angeles Lakers legend.*

    This is where things stand, because the NBA has kept avoiding the problem of Donald Sterling’s racism: You can now listen to the longest-tenured owner in the NBA saying he is ashamed to have his girlfriend seen with Magic Johnson, because Magic Johnson is black.


    • DeniseVB says:

      I wonder what his politics are? Usually the first thing that comes with the headline “Racist Republican…..” hmmm? I don’t care, but that is the REAL racism hate speech right there. Will he get as much media coverage as Cliven now? We’ll see.

      • angienc says:

        Sterling is a huge Dem donor — Gov. Brown in CA & Harry Reid for 2 for sure. The MSM will ignore this.

  28. angienc says:

    Did the PR company that put these ads together purposefully pick a male model who looks like a pussy and a female who looks like a tranny as a test or something? /s

  29. The Klown says:
  30. Two words to sum it all up: The Pose. ::rolleyes::

  31. swanspirit says:

    But but but …. the “Aristocrats joke ” (a joke known mainly among comedians. It is a joke that anyone can make their own. The joke goes as follows: A family goes to a talent agency and asks if they may perform. The talent agent asks what the act is, the family replies -this is where the presenter of the joke may put whatever he/she pleases into it. Usually very disgusting-. The talent agent is shocked and asks what the act is and the family replies: The Aristocrats.
    The middle is meant to be the funniest and usually involves bestiallity, necrofelia, incest, feces, urine, and other kinds of filth ) One of the filthiest jokes ever ever , is somehow cool with this crowd of control freaks ??? … I refuse to link to it because I think it is so offensive , but this is what passes for cool with this crowd of thin skinned, easily offended, ever so sensitive folks .

    • DeniseVB says:

      Then there’s the Sarah Silverman’s who use the N-word freely in their acts. She’s white, but a lib, okay if she does it. Rappers get away with it too. The not funny Maher’s out there get a pass on the c-word. Like I alway say, I’d play the game if I knew the rules 😉

      • The Klown says:

        THE RULZ:

        If you are a rich and/or famous Democrat you can purchase indulgences with donations to the “right” (left) candidates and causes.

        If you are a gay Democrat you can say anything you want about straight people.

        If you are a woman Democrat you can say anything you want about men or GOP women.

        If you are black and not a Republican you can say any damn thing you want.

        If you are a Republican you are presumed racist/sexist/homophobic until proven racist/sexist/homophobic.

        • DeniseVB says:

          You need to start a new post on the Topic of Rulez in ObamaWorrrrrld, or something. I’m just chewing over this right now, Rewarding Failure….

          I guess it pisses me off when I have to fight, every year, to prove my now 40-yr-old son is STILL a “retard”, and deserves his benefits. It’s like 8 pages of forms to fill out so I can prove he’s still “entitled” to 8K a year. Like I would ever turn him over to a state instituition which would cost the taxpayers, in my state, 80k a year! I think they have a bargain with me 😉

          • The Klown says:

            You’re dealing with bureaucracy, and all the i’s must be dotted and the t’s crossed or your claim will be denied.

            I don’t entirely blame the government. There are a lot of people who commit fraud in every imaginable way.

          • DeniseVB says:

            myiq, that was my point. I follow the rules, we’re cool, Special Greg will benefit another year. It’s the rulez for people “we the people” employ, like Sillybus. Reward failure.

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  33. The Klown says:

    She said “cornhole.” #giggle

  34. swanspirit says:

    Speaking of speech control , is it really so hard to say coopon instead of kewpon , for coupon ?? IS it??

  35. threewickets says:

    As long as I can keep calling dicks dicks. The wussification of America.

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