Karen Jones wants to raise the bar for how guys talk about what they’ve got down below.
Men—can you please stop using this term for your genitals?
I mean, they’re yours, and you can call them anything you want, but …
… I’m the woman who wants you to pay attention to words, not because of how they impact me, but because of how they impact you.
Junk (from Dictionary.com)
Noun: anything that is regarded as worthless, meaningless, or contemptible; trash.
Verb: to cast aside as junk; discard as no longer of use; scrap.
Adjective: cheap, worthless, unwanted, or trashy.
Synonyms: rubbish, litter, debris, refuse.
My heart feels like it gets stabbed with a sharp object every time I hear someone refer to men’s genitals as “junk.”
And here’s the thing: it’s usually men who are using the term.
Why denigrate what should be celebrated?
Why use a term associated with garbage for something of great beauty?
Why use junk when there are so many wonderful alternatives (none new) such as:
Family jewels (think: precious, treasure, valuable)
Package (think: gift, surprise, unwrap), or
Basket (think: goodies)
Johnson (sounds like a solid guy, right?)
Big Jim and the Twins (those guys are fun!)
And of course, you may have your own favorite term …
So, there you have it; my simple request, and some recommendations for other ways you can refer to your genitalia and start treating them with the respect they deserve.