The Power of Language

by Sal on December 11, 2006

in Culture,Politics

In an ongoing crusade to redefine culture by changing the English language, the AP now apparently calls prostitutes “sex workers” in this story about a “sex worker” who stabbed a “client” who refused to wear a condom.  While the change in terms is seemingly ridiculous, the concept is much more dangerous than that.  Changes in language gradually effect people’s views.  By changing language, the Drive-By media is attempting to change the cultural view of prostitution.  “Sex Worker” is much more pleasant-sounding than ”Prostitute”, “Hooker”, etc.    This is similar to the Drive-by Media’s refusal to call an illegal immigrant just that, but instead making up terms such as “undocumented workers”, “migrant workers”, etc, or the pro-Abortion crowd refusing to call themselves pro-abortion, but rather pro-choice (as if anyone in America is generally anti-choice, although some of us object to the brutal murder of unborn babies).  Words mean things.  The power of language must be understood, and conservatives must not accept the Drive-by media’s attempt to redefine the debate on issues by changing the terms. 

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