Fwd: Re: [OT] proscribed words... (was:What is the principle?)

From: Asmus Freytag (asmusf@ix.netcom.com)
Date: Sun Mar 28 2004 - 18:26:46 EST

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    >Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 15:26:12 -0800
    >To: "Philippe Verdy" <verdy_p@wanadoo.fr>
    >From: Asmus Freytag <asmusf@ix.netcom.com>
    >Subject: Re: [OT] proscribed words... (was:What is the principle?)
    >At 02:46 PM 3/28/2004, Philippe Verdy wrote:
    >>From: "Asmus Freytag" <asmusf@ix.netcom.com>
    >> > >Does this list really exist? Seriously, there's no word that can be
    >> > >because they are not themselves infamous.
    >> >
    >> > I guess Phillippe, you are not aware of that peculiar American
    >> tradition of
    >> > taboo words, being more used to the European practice of banning certain
    >>No I was not aware of it. For me it looks very strange that such taboo words
    >>exist still today, but even more intrigating that this list exists in US
    >>Suppose that some sexully related words are "taboo", does it mean that one
    >>cannot discuss of it with respect for the people with whom you're discussing
    >>using these words?
    >>Censorship is really a thing of the past here, and we can discuss of
    >>everything, and even listen FM radio programs using all sorts of words.
    >>This is
    >>acceptable because this leaves places for others, who may feel offensed,
    >>to just
    >>listen for other programs.
    >>As long as you won't force others to hear them, notably children that
    >>should be
    >>protected, I don't know today any such taboo words here in France, at least
    >>officially. I don't say that no taboos exists, but they are more generally
    >>related to difficult social or family acceptance, or difficulties to
    >>discuss of
    >>personnal subjects with others. This is not a question of laws but of
    >>development and personnal capacity to communicate.
    >All societies have taboos in one form or other. What's peculiar about the
    >US is
    >the juxtaposition of a very strong first amendment with such a
    >well-defined list
    >of individual words. proscribed in many public contexts. Many European
    >have their own taboos (of a different kind), and a different degree of or
    >framework for freedom of expression.
    >Such cultural differentiation is what you'd expect. It's easy to pick out one
    >element of a complex system and ridicule it. However, unless the differences
    >between two cultures are considerable, it's hard to come to an unbiased

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