The relationship between gender and profanity

Feb 8, 2013
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Are girls and boys, men and women, held to different standards when it comes to language? Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Last week, young women at a New Jersey Catholic school took a vow to clean up their language. At the request of the high school’s officials, the female students signed a “no cursing” pledge, but the male students are exempt. “We want the ladies to act like ladies,” a teacher told the local newspaper.

Why the distinction between genders? How often do women swear compared to men? And are they judged differently for it?

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