Dick. Prick. Boob. The p-word.
Have you ever noticed the highest way to insult a person is to call them by sexual organs? Some guy cuts another one off in traffic: dick. A guy says something offensive: prick. Someone makes a social blunder: boob. It’s just part of our culture that the lowest thing you could possibly be is a private part. If it’s possible to be one step worse, it’s being called the private part of the opposite gender.
I heard a new word the past few days. Mangina. Kinda fun, no? It makes me think of that ole Wanda.
What is curious is there is no female equivalent. When a woman is insulted, the most common word used is bitch, a female dog. The c-word has gained in popularity as I had the joy of experiencing lately (thanks, activists!) but no one insults even the worst of women with the word penis. Seriously, have you ever heard a woman called a penis? It does not occur to women to call each other penises when they are mad or in order to coerce each other into submission. If a woman goes against her group, no one would call her a wenus.
Why, then, do people accuse men of being “manginas” when they wish to insult them or control their behavior? This is mainly an insult men use on each other which does nothing but diminish their dignity.
Down with the mangina!
Jenna Myers Karvunidis