For my initial Foul-Up Friday, I’m reaching back to my Britney piece from a couple weeks ago:
I’ve gone from conceptualizing her as a dumb bimbo colluder profiting solely from her body and oppressing less beautiful women to liking her music and finding great sympathy for her.
“Dumb”? Is not okay language. Dumb is a word often applied to the vocally impaired that’s been conflated with a lack of smarts, or, in Britney’s case, a pneumatic public persona. This is a double foul-up, since “intelligence” is an ableist concept in many ways. I intended it to refer to my previous views, but that’s not an excuse, especially in a post that discusses ableism.
"Bimbo" is also not cool language; it's traditionally misogynistic that's degrading.