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originally posted by: Necrobile
originally posted by: ganjoa
So here's the key legal phrase:
"to accost, annoy, degrade or demean"
Let's see, according to the intent of the bill, "Yo, bitch! What's happening?!" would be perfectly acceptable speech because there's no stated intent or implication of prohibited intent behind the use of the word.
You underestimate the power of the offended. All it would take is for someone around you to take offense to the use of the word, not necessarily the one it's directed at. The mere use of the world could "annoy" someone who hears it, or they could claim it's use is demeaning to women period.
This is a slippery slope and I honestly can't believe any single person is ok with it. It's only going to make things worse.