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February 25, 2007

ThoughtCrime: Seattle Dog Grooming Causes Liberal Outrage

What a shock.

The grooming shop caters to very pampered dogs. Particularly female dogs. So the owner named it,

High Maintenance Bitch

I don't care who you are, that right there is some funny shit.

This quote is precious. Apparently this woman sees some contradiction between being very liberal and very "progressive" and also being outraged and wanting some censorship:

"I am probably the most progressive liberal person in the world [but even] I am personally offended by the sign," said Janet Stillman, executive director of the Wallingford Neighborhood Office. "It's so blatant and so in your face."

She wrote "and" where I substituted "but even" but that's clearly the sense she meant it in.

Outraged Seattlechiks want the sign taken down.

Stillman said the sign could wreck family photographs of the parade, scheduled for July 7.

"Walk by there with your 5-year-old and try to explain why that sign is there. Half of the sign is made up of the word 'bitch."'

Guys? I know you pride yourselves on having senses of humor, on being able to just roll with it, about being cool, about being tolerant.

Trust me: You're not. Oh, you have terrific senses of humor when other people's sensibilities are being offended. You can in fact just roll with it when people you don't like are being insulted or demeaned. You're quite cool indeed with all sorts of provocative art and slogans that provoke reactions in your political opponents. And you are indeed supremely tolerant as regards speech that, felicitously enough, reinforces everything you believe and flatters your political/moral vanities.

But when it's something that actually bothers you? You freak out worse than a bunch of Podunk Pentacostalists who've accidentally wandered into a W.A.S.P. concert.

To be fair, I'm not fond of public profanity like this, and I'm sure there are a lot of conservatives who are just as bothered by it. It is true that you don't want kids seeing or hearing profanity in public.

Still, I have a feeling that the very liberal progressives who are outraged by the word "Bitch" on signage are also equally outraged by more conservative-minded, family-values-minded folks who, say, would like sex shops to not put their dildos and sex dolls right in glass displays in the front of the place.

That's not offensive, of course, and anyone who is offended should just "grow up" and "become more comfortable with their sexuality" rather than being such "prudish moral scolds."

But the word "bitch" -- horror! The patriarchy coils like a serpent, ready to strike with its fanged phallus!

Thanks to Jim.

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