“Whore”: The W-word?

Do women see the word “whore” the same as African Americans see the “N-word”?

At Wednesday’s California gubernatorial debate, Tom Brokaw suggested the two were equivalent, asking Gov. Jerry Brown why he had not expressed outrage at his aide’s suggestion they brand Meg Whitman with the term for catering to law enforcement in exchange for an endorsement. 

Brown retorted, “I don’t agree with that comparison,” and added a weak apology. 

He went on to ask why Whitman wasn’t outraged that her campaign chair had once called Congress “whores” for similar dealings with public employee unions. Whitman strangely called that “a completely different thing.” 

Now Salon columnist, Joan Walsh, has asked: Is “whore” the N-word for women?  

The fact that no one says “the W-word” to avoid saying “whore” suggests that people don’t find it quite so offensive.

But then, our society is more offended by racism than sexism: People are more upset by racist than sexist jokes.  And few complain about calling women ho’s in rap music because they don’t want to sound racist. But sexist is fine.

Maybe it’s not as offensive. But maybe it should be.

Georgia Platts

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2 Responses

  1. Maybe somebody should ask a women and then accept her answer as valid?

    Ask me! I will tell you point blank- ho, whore , cunt and bitch are just as degrading to me as nigger! These words enslave and degrade and humiliate me and my daughters and granddaughters and certainly should feel the same to every woman of any color. How dare anyone tell me I can not say nigger but I can be called whore.

    What kind of a women of color doesn’t mind being a slave so long as she isn’t a black one? SHAME!

    As John Lennon wrote in a song “Women are the Niggers of the world”

    • Who is telling you that you cannot say nigger?
      And more importantly, why do you feel so outraged that you cannot use it??
      People say it all the time. And then there are those who don’t SAY it for fear of not being “politically correct” but they THINK it just the same…

      As a Black woman, I am called nigger all to frequently.
      An insult that is based SOLELY on the COLOR of my skin.

      I am never called a whore or cunt, because that goes to character and sexuality, and simply put, it is not as effective an insult in the perpetrator’s mind against a Black woman…However, I will be called a “ho”, thus, even in the insult genre a “ho” is still worse and less than a whore…

      And NO, I do not see the word “whore” as I see the word “nigger”. It like comparing apples to oranges… yes they are both insults, but they are not the same…

      The fact that there is even a debate about which slur is more demeaning is evidence of the evil insanity that has taken over our nation…They are all vulgar and degrading terms meant to debase and annhilate the recipient verbally…

      Nigger, (which was the degradation of the word Negro by the Dixiecrats and KKK) is meant to evoke the brutal sentiments of slavery: that the entire Black race is/was inferior to and subservient to the White race.

      And it should not be used by anyone Black or White because of it’s history.

      Sadly nigger and the word wigger (white nigger) is being used liberally in the Black community because of the misguided mindset of the young people today through the media and hip-hop culture. You have poverty pimps like Obama, Sharpton and Jackson who race bait and incite the use of the word nigger, and then revel in the aftermath that it causes…

      Words like ho, cunt, whore, and bitch are used to insult both character and femininity…

      As a Black woman, I am never called a whore (which is the “proper” term reserved for White women).
      But, I will be called a ho …and I will be called a “black bitch” for extra emphasis and double attack: not just a bitch, but a black one, so I must be less than the non-Black bitches…and I will not likely be called a “cunt” which is usually reserved for White women as the ultimate insult against them…

      You asked “What kind of a women of color doesn’t mind being a slave so long as she isn’t a black one?”

      All “women of color”(what a PC-BS term, meant to promote solidarity/ bonding!!) are not treated equally and that is a FACT!!!

      How can you know what it is like to be a “black woman” unless you are one? In our current society no one wants to be a “black” anything…

      Have you ever looked up the word black in the dictionary? And then look up the word white, and then ask me why there is such a negative connotation with everything that is black??…The only positive use of the word black is when you are talking finances as in “being in the black” vs. “being in the red”…

      And until you have to explain what nigger means when your child is called one, don’t be so judgemental…

      This whole argument of whore vs. nigger is being used to distract us from the real issue: politicians who try to use personal attacks based on gender or race in order to keep us from focusing on their dismal performances.

      I say again:
      The fact that there is even a debate about which slur is more demeaning is evidence of the EVIL insanity that has taken over our nation…They are all vulgar and degrading terms meant to debase and annhilate the recipient verbally, and they should be rebuked every time they enter the public forum.

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