A Football Season Rant: Pissed about the P-word

Does that look like weakness to you?

It’s football season again. Ahhh… my favorite time of year. Just kidding.  I know some of you love football, and I love you anyway. Do you love me anyway, even knowing that I can’t stand it?  Or that hearing the sounds of a football game on TV is an instant trigger for a mandatory nap? Or that I’d rather go to the dentist than watch a game?

Sometimes I loosely wish I DID like it. I’d be able to participate in more conversations, and anyone who knows me knows I love conversations. I’d be able to share an interest with my fiance’ Matt, and they say that shared interests are a good thing for couples to have… but mostly I just hate it. This year, Matt is playing fantasy football for the first time, so it’s time for me to develop a new hobby. I’m thinking of taking up weekly spa pedicures. Can those be considered a hobby?

But this blog is not about football. It’s about something that’s always around, but really gets fired up during football season, so it’s been “in my face” a bit more since the season started last week. Insulting the other team, or certain ineffective players is part of all the fun, or so I gather.  Now with social media and do-it-yourself memes, everyone’s a comedian, and the insults are aplenty. Whatever, have your fun, guys, but listen…

Can we stop using the word “pussy” as an insult? As the worst thing you can call a guy? Or joking that a guy has a pussy where his balls should be?

I saw a meme the other day that had a football player on the ground, his pants torn in the crotch and someone had photoshopped a vagina where his penis would be.

I’ve seen lots of other memes and posts and comments using the word pussy to cut down the other guys, using “pussy” as a symbol of weakness, of impotence or disgrace.

It pisses me off!

If anyone needs me to help clarify, the pussy is not a symbol of weakness. It is a symbol of power, of life, of creation, of strength.

I assure you, there is nothing weak about my pussy.

I’m saying out loud what I’ve been thinking on the inside for many, many years. And I will continue to say it out loud. I’m not allowing it– in my conversations or in my feed.

It is not okay to refer to my parts as an insult.

As long as we keep perpetuating this stupid joke, will it be any coincidence that our daughters will grow up feeling less than? That women are still paid 78 cents on the dollar for the same work their male counterparts do?  Calling a guy a pussy is not the cause of sexism. But it certainly isn’t helping.

Can we just stop with this nonsense?

Our language is vast and there are thousands of less insidiously-damaging, yet still fantastically insulting words we can use instead…

yellow belly
chicken liver
cream puff
lily liver (my favorite, perhaps)

Get creative guys, use your heads!

Imagine (not that we ever will, but it’s fun to imagine…) if we used “pussy” as a symbol for what it really represents…

Wow, great art piece you created, what a pussy!

You are so powerful, you pussy!

He’s such a pussy, isn’t he? So strong and resilient and good-looking, too…

Now that I think about it, though, I DO use the word “dick” to describe a real jerk… maybe it’s time to stop that, too.

What if we stopped using our sex parts as symbols of degrading insults, all together? After all, our sex parts are pretty damned awesome and powerful and beautiful!

End rant.

You may safely resume your football season. But leave my pussy out of it.