We figured there would be some reaction to our use of the term "douchebag." Just to be clear, we did not choose the term lightly. When we had our blog meeting last week, many terms were bandied about for our new weekly awards, including "schmuck", "putz," and a few others.
We decided on douchebag, and here's the logic behind why we consider it both appropriate and non-misogynist:
Douchebags are a repository of unnecessary harm done to women. They are symbols of the outdated thinking that vaginas are dirty and need cleansing, and further they are symbols of the idiotic, self-hating mindset that is sold to women.
They are disgusting not because they are associated with vaginas, but because they are associated with outdated, stupid, ignorant, harmful things that are done to vaginas and women in general, and therefore douchebags are actually the perfect emblems to attach to someone like La Bachmann and her ilk.
As far as the terms that translate to "penis"—a penis is not inherently harmful to women. Furthermore, using that term would be attaching a value judgment to genitalia, and following the logic above, that is not what we want to do. Other than to celebrate both. But especially vaginas.
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