I was looking through the Spokesman the other morning when I read something that nearly made me spit out my organically sourced, fair trade coffee.
It was in a letter to the editor (“Coffee house not to my taste,” Jake Laete, Aug. 30, 2018). This writer apparently took umbrage with a woman forming a group called ‘F-Bomb Breakfast Club.’ Which is … their choice. The final kicker came when I read the words, “I always wince when I hear the all-too frequent word, especially from a female.”
Wow. I was absolutely willing to respect someone simply being averse to colorful language. But to see the writer go on to say that a word is more bearable for his delicate ears when it comes from a man is comically sexist and absurd. It’s rather disappointing to see remnants of a bygone era rife with double standards and unequal expectations.
For folks who only maintain unreasonable standards for their caffeinated beverages: visit First Ave Coffee. Those who would like to avoid strong words and stronger women can come a little later and enjoy a cold-brewed F-Bomb instead.
Kate Burke, Spokane City Councilwoman, Proud F-Bomber