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Using the English language as an Atheist

I have been an atheist for almost 6 years now. Like all kids, well most of them at least, I was brought up with the belief that there exists a man in the sky instilled in me. An all powerful being, pulling our string in our day to day life. But unlike most of them(atleast in my country), I denounced them as soon as my brain was fed an ounce of common sense. Apart from the usual, existential problems one causes others by believing in something they actually believe in rather than in what they expect me to believe, I had a very unique problem. The problem was the english language. That language is littered with the casual usage of words like ‘god’, ‘heaven’, ‘hell’ etc. It has become rather cumbersome for me to avoid using these terms simply because I have been using them for 20 years now. It infuriates me that I regularly employ phrases like ‘oh my god!’ and ‘before hell freezes over’ in my day to day life, but at the same time I am hard pressed to find suitable replacements, I mean the dramatic weight that something like ‘It will be a cold day in hell before I go out with you’ carries cannot be outdone, to be fair that phrase was used on me rather than by me but it gets the point across in the form of a biblical apocalypse and we all know biblical apocalypses always get everyone down. So I shall strive to find replacements for the same but one thing is sure that god and religion has permeated our language to such an extent that even an atheist like me will atleast remember god 3 times a day. Damn you god! Oh wait, it helps that you don’t exist.










Rape has become endemic in South Africa, so a medical technician named Sonette Ehlers developed a product that immediately gathered national attention there. Ehlers had never forgotten a rape victim telling her forlornly, “If only I had teeth down there.

Some time afterward, a man came into the hospital where Ehlers works in excruciating pain because his penis was stuck in his pants zipper.

Ehlers merged those images and came up with a product she called Rapex. It resembles a tube, with barbs inside. The woman inserts it like a tampon, with an applicator, and any man who tries to rape the woman impales himself on the barbs and must go to an emergency room to have the Rapex removed.

When critics complained that it was a medieval punishment, Ehlers replied tersely, “A medieval device for a medieval deed.” 

- Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof

REBLOGGING THIS. x1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

A medieval device for a medieval deed - yes.

This is perfect



Can we talk about how beautifully this turns rape culture on its head? Instead of “If they weren’t dressed like that they wouldn’t have been raped” THIS IS LITERALLY “IF THEY HADN’T TRIED TO RAPE SOMEONE THEY  WOULDN’T HAVE SPIKES IN THEIR DICK”*

That bold bit~

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