"For all of our forward thinking, the damned spots of regression continue to show. We still shudder to think of the ‘sins’ of the flesh and therefore feel the worst ills of the world have to do with sex and the body. Surely it is not a bigger ‘sin’ to be born a ‘bastard’ than to be fundamentalist, cruel, or dishonest. Yet these latter words are mere adjectives, not ‘swear words.’ Our choice of abuse is a reflection upon ourselves, of what we consider acceptable and what we let pass. Even if we are able to invest these words with a stronger meaning, the shadow of their sexist etymology would continue to loom large above them. If we are truly committed to equality, now is our chance to build a novel, gender-neutral vocabulary of profanity."