Watch any show on cable or for that matter network television and you can hear one of George Carlin’s famous banned words. It seems the more profanity the greater the ratings. People in the workplace generally frown upon profanity because it’s not natural to them.
The exception in some instances, however, is for those who use profanity to build strong bonds with coworkers or to develop team spirit and collegiality. In that sense, profanity serves as an unofficial bond between people and is actually a good thing.
As women with one strike against us based on gender, we don’t need another item on the table for discussion. Research reports that most people do not look favorably upon men or women who throw around the F-bomb. The sad thing is that there are two different standards operating; the one we see on television and the one that cages us at work, school, and in the community.
Studies continue to suggest that women are held to a higher standard than men and that our culture is slow to change. If you are truly intent on gaining the power and influence you deserve notice how often you cut loose with &%##ll@ phrases at work. Your reputation depends on it!