This morning while browsing around I stumbled upon this article from overseas. As I often feel it is my public duty, my overwhelming desire to print the news that is fit to print, or causes fits in print, or something like that? I decided to share it with all of you, b’sides it is a slow day on the old goat farm here in El Reno, Oklahoma.
Taiwan’s government plans to allow sex workers to set up small businesses in the latest change to laws that had once forced the huge industry underground, the interior ministry said.
In a statement on its website, the ministry said it would consider brothels of three to five staff away from areas frequented by children. It will put plans to a cabinet committee by the end of the year.
The complete article can be found here.
Nothing out of the ordinary here, unless you look close. In the first paragraph you will find it, the word “Sex Worker.” This is what caught my eye while reading the article. I wondered, “Is this some kind of new on the job training I was hopelessly unaware of?”
It also made me consider how it is that we sanitize everything in our world, to make it neat and circumspect. How we take or use the language and shift it around, take away from it, make it fit our norm.
Sex worker is a good example, used to be this was referred to as a prostitute, street walker, a hooker, a whore. Now we have made it legitimate sounding by calling the professional on the job, a sex worker.
Even the place that the “sex worker” was employed, got changed. It was first called a brothel, then someone renamed it a “Cat House.” Which is kind of strange, because I have it on good authority that there are no sandboxes located at these locations.
Same with the word adultery, now it is called an affair, makes it sound almost nice. Not the ugly thing that destroys families, wrecks marriages and ruins lives. Frank had an affair and he and Nancy split up …
Gay is the new homosexual, but that really is old hat, it has after all, been that for quite sometime now. How about abortion, that is now referred to as “Lifestyle change” or ” Life choice.” It is murder of the unborn, plain and simple, but we choose to modify and change it.
Our language landscape is littered with phrases and expressions that mask the truth, even the military uses them, collateral damage, friendly fire, etc, etc. And if you are shopping around for creative expressions, you don’t have to look far to find them. Just type in the word U.S. Government. Com and that should get you started right away. They are the real pro’s in all this.
It is quite apparent that we try our level best to knock it down to a level that makes it much easier for us to live with. The atrocities committed against the Jewish people in Europe during World War II were so terrible that there was no word to describe it. So they invented a new word just for this purpose, it was called Genocide. Now days, that too has been sanitized, it is now called “Ethic Cleansing.”
Want to add to the mix? Comments section is below, feel free to give us your take on any or part of all of it. Sex Worker? It is a good thing that this word doesn’t apply to me … I would be unemployed for sure. Like my Mama was fond of saying when I was a small lad … What will they dream up next?
Has to make you wonder, huh?