Riposte Nº7: Why Cursing is the Fucking Best — A love letter from L.A. Ronayne

Riposte is a smart magazine for women, made by editor in chief Danielle Pender, creative director Shaz Madani, photography editor Gem Fletcher, features editor Liv Siddall and a roll call of excellent creatives. I've served as contributing editor since it's inception in 2013. Here's an excerpt from my article on my love of cursing. * * * “ARGH, YOU CREEPY PIGEON FUCK!” I hissed as one lurched at me from behind a Rolls Royce in The Barbican residents’ car park. At that exact moment I simultaneously startled a fancy looking old man, who grimaced at me the way I had at the pigeon. Abject revulsion. “Argh! From where did this unruly creature with elaborate tennis shoes appear? How do I get it away from me as expediently as possible?” his eyes said. He probably would have proffered smelling salts – or whatever the fuck – if I hadn’t spoken the way I speak. And he probably wouldn’t have been quite so aghast if I had been a chap because cursing is a polarising pastime, but never more so than if you’re a woman. The planet is flush with those who still think it’s especially unacceptable for delicate, little ladies. They write to The Daily Mail about us, these people you’ll recognise as that sort of middle rung, beige-wearing brand of bastard with twitchy venetian blinds and secret shrines to Brexit and line dancing. They hate free speech and they hate louche liberal cats like me who think it’s funny when parrots say “balls”... * * * For more visit www.ripostemagazine.com or follow @ripostemagazine

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Editor In Chief of Riposte Magazine