Why Being Vulgar Isn’t Just For Men

Being vulgar isn’t a just a guy thing. It’s 2015 — who has time to be a “lady”? As a fairly vulgar woman myself (or at least that’s what my mom tells me), I see no harm in saying whatever grotesque and nasty thing that might come into my mind. Why? Because why the hell not, that’s why. Here are 11 reasons why being vulgar isn’t just for men, aside from the obvious reason of REALLY?!

  1. Because “F*ck” shouldn’t be off limits for any gender. “F*ck” is one of the best words out there. It can be used as a noun, a verb, an adjective, and if you’re creative enough probably every other part of speech, too. Since it is so great, it should be shared by all of us and used often.
  2. Because men shouldn’t corner the market on farting and burping. Any and all bodily functions are funny, and who doesn’t love a raunchy poop story?
  3. Because being uninhibited is awesome. It’s freeing to live your life without a filter or biting your tongue. As long as you stick to your guns and never apologize for it, you’ll never feel trapped by society’s conventions.
  4. Because censorship is never cool. It’s not just boring, but limiting. Women shouldn’t have to limit their language just because they have a vagina.
  5. Because you’re bucking societal BS. So I’m not a lady because of the words I use or the fact that I mimic oral sex with my tongue in my cheek every chance I get? Suck a jerk.
  6. Because it’s sexist to say I can’t say what a man says. If we want gender equality, then we need to get in everything… including in the vulgar department.
  7. Because sometimes a dirty joke perfectly breaks the ice. You could talk about the weather, but if you have a couple penis jokes up your sleeve you’d be a fool not to use them.
  8. Because there’s confidence in being yourself. Some may say that you and your mouth are keeping you single, but if a man can’t handle your confidence, then you’re better off. And you know that.
  9. Because women can be funny. I know, I know… totally breaking news, right? Groan.
  10. Because if someone is offended, they can GTFO. People are too easily offended these days. It seems that you can’t say anything without upsetting some group out there, and then you’re suddenly chastised on Twitter and treated like a leper until someone else screws up with their own offensiveness. If people can’t appreciate you and your vulgarity, it’s their loss. You’ll find a group that does, and you’ll be remarkably happy when you do.
Amanda Chatel is a sexual health, mental health, and wellness journalist with more than a decade of experience. Her work has been featured in Shape, Glamour, SELF, Harper's Bazaar, The Atlantic, Forbes, Elle, Mic, Men's Health and Bustle, where she was a lifestyle writer for seven years. In 2019, The League included Amanda in their "15 Inspirational Feminists Every Single Person Should Follow on Twitter" list.

Amanda has a bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of New Hampshire. She divides her time between NYC, Paris, and Barcelona.

You can follow her on Instagram @la_chatel or on Twitter @angrychatel.