How to be a bully

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Juicy Planet was on the F train from Brooklyn to downtown Manhattan earlier this week and sat across from a teen girl wearing high rubber boots. The girl was tired and eventually put her feet up on the bench, leaned back and closed her eyes. A group of school boys boarded shortly after. The boys wore the same matching school outfit the girl wore. The boys stood near us talking loudly about the new Mets pitcher Johan Santana.photo0318.jpg

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As Juicy Planet walked away, we heard the bully and his ignorant pals saying, “That’s cuz she’s gay, she’s gay, like your Dad is gay…” Juicy Planet watched the train leave the station, hoping the smile on our face would pierce the metal and land on the heart of the sexist homophobes who have long and lonely high school years ahead of them.

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John Mayer and the French cleanse

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Fun to read John’s take on the over-used epithet, “douche bag.” 
We were glad to see a man analyzing it, especially a celebrity so more 
people are paying attention… 

But why not take it home and say something about WHY the name itself 
is used as a negative? The sound made when saying the words, douche bag 
is phonetically satisfying, but what about what the words mean? 


With this single, 2-word name, “douche bag,” a guy can 
assert both that he knows what a douche bag is, and that he thinks it is a gross thing/stupid thing? He can bond with guys around the twatee factor, and 
he can demean another guy by associating that guy with a “feminine” 
item, therefore feminizing and belittling the other guy. The easiest way to 
put down another guy, is by calling him, in effect, “like a woman,” as if being “like a 
woman” is a shameful thing to be. The irony is, being “like a woman” really means being like someone who is disrespected, dominated and weakened, through brute force or the fear of force, and socio-economic control.

By the way, women don’t need to ever use a douche, as the twatee is a brilliant, 
self-cleaning oven. The exception may be when a woman has sex with an unclean man and she 
feels physio-psychologically healthier after the douching routine. Very few women have ever seen, touched, or used a douche bag. Most American women don’t even say the words, not because they are naughty to say, but because it’s rather meaningless. Women don’t call people “douche bag”. The actual object, clean, sometimes useful, is very antiquated. It’s like calling someone a “telegraph” or a “ham radio.”