mrs moe: when she is a teenager and she wears a short skirt and some lipstick, I'm not going to wig out on her and call her a hooker either.
that's nice, very good of you.
but, um, are you implying that those of us who think those are some tacky-ass hooker clothes would do that? i managed to get through an the entire teenhood of a my dd without 'calling her a hooker'. (and no, we are not amish, & my dd dresses quite fashionably.) i think the 'wigging out' comment is kind of rich, as those of us who think those look like tacky-ass hooker clothes are staying considerably calmer than the opposition.
part of this is semantics, i'll wager- i am not thinking, 'whore!' as in an insult, but 'whore' as in job description. some people *do* do this for a living, and it is kind of negating their life experiences to just act as if they were merely a term of opprobium without further meaning.
whores are people: raise children, go out to eat, go to school, cry when they are sad, laugh when they are happy. and yes, put on the uniform where it is appropriate. whores can wear prada if they can afford it and it is practical for their place of business, & it still won't be whore clothing. elementary school teachers can wear pleather minis, & they will be elementary school teachers wearing street hooker wear.
you are confusing an accurate description of clothing, in language everyone understands, with judgement of actual living women. can you separate the clothes from the person wearing them? calling your daughter a hooker as an insult (!) is radically different in my ears than saying 'that is one trashy looking pair of silver lame hot pants on that ho-lookin' bratz doll', lol.
if you are concerned about those unsubtle enough to get the difference, do you think making it unpc for us to describe certain clothes out loud will fix their mind-set that women wearing such clothes are necessarily rapable women, women no one will care about? a world full of various branches of fundamentalists who would beat me with sticks for wearing some of the dresses i have worn out dancing, and you are worried that a few mamas on mdc are damaging the cause of women's rights? really, lighten up. we are not the taliban (or jerry falwell
). and we do not call our daughters names no matter what they are wearing.