English teachers are trying to ban sexist insults on the theory that “slag” and “slut” “lead to boys feeling superior to girls and make domestic violence seem more acceptable.” This is London reports:
The NUT lists unacceptable insults including “lezzie”, “pro” and “your mum’s a whore.”
While girls are included in the insult ban, the focus is on stamping out sexism, not on discouraging general nastiness.
A leaflet circulated to schools says: “Sexist language and playground banter that seeks to legitimise violence against women should be challenged.”
An NUT spokeswoman said: “Words like these promote the attitude that females are lesser beings, and as lesser beings they can become the target of violence. It doesn’t have to be physical violence to be mentally destroying. We need to nip that attitude in the bud and get kids to treat each other with respect.”
NUT stands for National Union of Teachers, by the way.