Feminists are discussing the problematic word “nubile” over on Twitter right now. According to the New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum, it’s the “worst word”:
I have determined the worst word and it is "nubile."
— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) December 21, 2018
Others, however, came up with problematic words of their own. For Jill Filipovic, it’s “panties”:
Have you considered “panties”?
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) December 21, 2018
Or maybe it’s “suckle” that’s the really bad one:
it’s actually suckle
— Scaachi (@Scaachi) December 21, 2018
Twitchy favorite Patricia Heaton has some thoughts as well:
Nope. “Ointment.” https://t.co/xRouDyvpY5
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) December 21, 2018
Men can get in on this, too. Gabriel Sherman thinks “moist” is bad:
worse than moist?
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) December 21, 2018
But maybe some men should sit this one out. Here’s Joss Whedon, whose wife reportedly divorced him over his serial infidelity and fake feminism, on the original word in the thread:
I love it because it means young (often too young) and sexual (or sexually attractive), but as a kid I found a dictionary from 1900 which defined it as “of marriageable age”. So it’s awful sort of double! English language, keepin’ it creepy
— Joss Whedon (@joss) December 22, 2018
In Hollywood, it’s ok to cheat on your wife with “young” and “sexually attractive” women “of marriageable age,” but whatever you do, DO NOT CALL THEM “NUBILE” BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE “CREEPY.”
Nailed it again, Hollywood. Never. Change.
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 10, 2018
'Sounds a bit RAPEY': Joss Whedon's July 4 message for the 'Far Right' ISN'T as bada** as he thinks https://t.co/K3FkUoYNFt
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 3, 2018
White knight Joss Whedon tries to win his feminist credentials back, gets dragged https://t.co/Lxulhl2lzW
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 2, 2018
'You mad, bro?' Joss Whedon gets all bitchy because Twitter suspended him for wishing death on Trump https://t.co/5Tg3z9Xh9i
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 9, 2018