Let Them Eat Cake: How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words

Used with permission from Susan DuFresne

Let Them Eat Cake: How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words

Words never uttered can be extremely significant. Often the perception of words said (or unsaid) carry more importance than truth.

In October of 1789, Marie Antoinette did not look down at the swarming hordes of fishmonger women storming the Palace on Versailles and utter the words: “Let them eat cake,” but people believed that she did. It was a revolutionary time, and the French people have often been stereotyped as an excitable lot — therefore it did not matter if she actually said those insensitive words, or not — FAKE NEWS ruled.

More importantly, two hundred years after the incident, the words let them eat cake now serve as the embodiment of abuse of power and government ineptitude.

On December 15, 2017, the Washington Post released an articleCDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity,” stating that the Center For Disease Control (CDC) declared seven words banned. However, the agency is claiming that a list of these banned words does not exist. The head of the CDC, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, stated that the seven words were merely discussed at a meeting concerning funding and funding proposals.

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2 thoughts on “Let Them Eat Cake: How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words

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  1. Seriously? Teachers can’t discuss this stuff? why is it always “seven” banned words? Did you ever hear or catch George Carlin’s bit? It’s the same thing really… This is crude and from a male perspective from my Pop’s era, mind U… but it’s relevant probably…

    I love your blog Momma Brown.

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  2. and people probably need to hear this from Bernie Mac about the use of and fear of the “expression/word…”

    Maybe it’s all about context…

    Meanings change, culture to culture…
    how does a teacher teach that?

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