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Sun Aug 29, 2021, 09:00 AM

...such a specific and sexist slur



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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 09:02 AM

1. . . .

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 09:05 AM

2. Needs to be put in the waste bin..........

much like so many were using "uppity' during President Obama's time in office...

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 2, 2021, 07:59 PM

11. I agree, although In Obama's case, I think the words used

were "arrogant", or " pretentious", by which they MEANT "uppity".

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 09:15 AM

3. Not so sure I agree 100%... this phrase has so many different ways of interpretation.

But I understand what you are saying........

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 09:38 AM

4. Can't agree with either...

… but it is certainly used as such in many cases.


Interestingly, this same author appears to have previously said that the label is a source of pride and “The fact that ‘attention seeking’ is still considered a slur says much about the role of women in public life, on every scale.”

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 09:39 AM

5. I never thought about this before.

When I think someone is 'attention seeking' it's always a girl, and the girl is expressing a need to be valued. I've noticed girls who are in foster care or are in an unloving home environment are often the ones who display this most intensely. Boys tend to seek attention too, but in a different way (acting out, showing off, etc).

Teenaged girls or young women who post selfies every.single.day. (often with kissie lips) are seeking attention, using their appearance to gain approval or show they have value.

So 'attention seeking' is definitely a thing. And it seems to be more so for girls or women. Maybe it would be better phrased as seeking value or affirmation? But it clearly should not be used as a put-down or a way to dismiss what a woman is trying to express (as in 'she's just attention-seeking'). And it surely should not be used to dismiss a gay person's need to make a statement through behaviors and attire as they work through their sexual identity.

On edit - A woman's demand to be heard and valued as an equal in society is NOT 'attention-seeking,' and should never be referred to as such.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 09:57 AM

6. I Dunno...

...I mostly use "attention-seeking" to describe poutraged MAGAtroids acting out like overgrown toddlers.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 10:00 AM

7. The fact that an even more blatantly sexist word seems to role off the tongue when these words are

Uttered, makes me inclined to believe this statement true.


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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sun Aug 29, 2021, 10:28 AM

8. Attention seeking:

Susan Sarandon
Michael Moore
Donald
Giuliani
Mike Lindell
The Guy with horns at Capitol
Eric Clapton
Van Morrison


I guess I never thought it and not sure do now.

Edit: attention seeking reeks of “has been” to me.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Oct 2, 2021, 07:38 PM

9. "It relies on the cultural assumption that girls, women & LGBT folks

should stay small and silent and compliant and never draw attention the themelves"


Wow!..You certainly.hit THAT nail on the head! :

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Oct 2, 2021, 07:50 PM

10. Don't forget "selfish", "self- centered" and "ambitious" -- Males are rarely

criticized for any of thosr..It completely illustrates the the OP's premise..I mean, how dare we insignificant "girls" expect ANYTHING, really?

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