What was your punishment for swearing? 7

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Swearing is one of those things that no matter how hard you try to shield your children from, it will pop up at some stage in their lives. For me, it was in early high school before I really knew what a swear word was. But for other people like my brother, it was much younger… boys!

The below video went viral last week – it features young girls saying the “F word” multiple times and is used to highlight the offence we take to that in comparison to that we take to sexism. It is certainly one way to get attention and fight the feminist cause, but it got me thinking… Using children swearing for anything in my childhood would have been considered outrageous. And perhaps this is, but I know I never once saw a young girl swearing on television or in a book that I read at a young age.

And, if I was to use one of those words, the punishment was variable… I would have been smacked, my mouth would have been washed out with soap and water and I would have been denied my dinner. So how did society get to a place when using little girls swearing became a useful tool to promote a cause, important or otherwise?

Do you think it is too far? What was your punishment for swearing when you were younger? Let’s chat about this controversial issue today… 

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  1. I remember my sweet granddaughter, Sarah, aged 2, telling me, as I’m setting the table for dinner, “I don’t have pepper, Nanny.” Made me wonder if her Mum had peppered her tongue for using naughty words!

  2. When I was 8 yrs old walking home from school I heard a man say to another man the word bloody, I thought he cut himself.
    When I told my parents, I was simply told not to repeat the word again as it was a bad word.
    Of course I never did swear again, until now it seems very much part of the English language, nobody bats an eyelid.

  3. Yep, as the picture suggests, soap in the mouth. lol It didn’t work though. I still swear like a trooper, but at the right time and in the right place. 🙂

  4. I don’t like this , I think it’s shocking how these little girls have been exploited, I’m a feminist by this I work hard ,financially independent , But I find some of the comments are far to adult for these girls, boys and men are portrayed as rapists , I find this offensive and if the situation was reversed there would be an uproar, Their is good and bad in all whether male or female, And the relationship a little girl shares with her father if positive research shows helps them make positive choices in later life, Also the language is disgusting, so no I really don’t like this.

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    • When I was little Itold my Mum that the boy next door said the F word and she told me never to say a swear word or I would get my mouth washed out with soap and I said that I didn’t say it and she said you repeated a bad word and to this day 60 years later I can’t say that word. I hate listening to some young people speak because every second word is the F word.

  5. there wasn’t any punishment for swearing in my household,and as i couldn’t outrun my mum you didn’t dare!!

  6. My mother used to wash my tongue with soap,
    a long time ago but tasted so awful and foamed up to
    used to say biscuits and bottle tops when anger was in my scope
    surprising depending the tone that I used came in handy it is true
    wish the kids of today my sons are adults but drop F word what can I say
    It seems to be sad but true the only way they learned to express anger and even in general conversation too.

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