The Curse of Swearing Women


Swearing and use of profanity is has long been a considered a masculine habit, while women are the "experts of euphemism." Cristen and Caroline unpack the sociolinguistic danger of women swearing and whether the profanity gender gap is closing at home and in the workplace.

Episode sources:

"Holy Sh*t -- A Brief History of Swearing" by Melissa Mohr. 2013.

"An Encyclopedia of Swearing" by Geoffrey Hughes. 2006.

"Who's Swearing Now? The Social Aspects of Conversational Swearing" by Kristy Beers Fagersten. 2012.

"The Making of the F-Bomb: Why Do We Curse?" by Glenn McDonald. Sept. 11, 2013. Discovery News.

"Why the #$%! Do We Swear? For Pain Relief" by Frederik Joelving. July 12, 2009. Scientific American.

"Cursing in America -- A Psycholinguistic Study of Dirty Language in the Courts, in the Movies, in the Schoolyards, and on the Streets" by Timothy Jay. 1992.

"Why We Curse -- A Neuro-psycho-social Theory of Speech" by Timothy Jay. 2000.

"50 Shades of Vulgarity" by Christine Haughney. Jan. 01, 2013. The New York Times.

"Does Swearing At Work Get The Job Done?" by Sean Stonefield. June 10, 2011. Forbes.

"WTF is Up with Swearing at Work?" by Mary Lorenz. July 25, 2012. Careerbuilder.

"Why You Really Shouldn't Curse at Work (Much)" by Anne Kreamer. Oct. 27, 2011.

"Cursing On The Job: Should You Do It, Ladies?" by Staci Zaretsky and Christopher Danzig. Oct. 12, 2012. Above the Law.

Academic insights:

"Profanity and Gender: a diachronic analysis of men's and women's use and perception of swear words" by Michael Gautier.

"Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media: The Open-Vocabulary Approach" by H. Andrew Schwarz et al. Sept. 25, 2013. PLOS ONE.

"Fk yea I swear: cursing and gender in MySpace" by Mike Thelwall. May 2008. Corpora.

"The Effect of Expletive Use and Team Gender Perceptions of Coaching Effectiveness" by Jennifer L. Howell and Traci A. Giuliano. September 2011. Journal of Sport Behavior.

"Taboo Language in Sex and the City: An Analysis of Gender Differences in Using Taboo Language in Conversation" by Anna Ekstrom. Fall 2008.

Topics in this Podcast: language, swearing, etymology, gendered language, cursing