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B&N Week 153: What's Your Professional Attitude?


There’s another Tuesday staring us straight in the eye. Must mean it’s time for more Bolts & Nuts!

This week, I want to ask a simple question: do you have a professional attitude?

There are many definitions of the word profession and professional. Let’s look at the definitions first, and then the objections to the definitions and why we have those objections, and then we can see how to apply some of that to comics. It should be interesting.

You can find many definitions of the word “profession” online, and they generally boil down to the same thing: a paid occupation that involves training and formal qualification. While that is a basic textbook definition, many will take exception to that definition. It is often stated that prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, but there isn’t much training needed or formal qualification necessary to become a prostitute. All you have to do is find someone willing to have sex with you for money.

Language changes. Definitions change. You have to look at the meaning behind the meaning. Look at the most offensive word in American English: ******. Only Black people can now use the word, and that is only amongst themselves. As soon as someone who is non-Black uses the word, then they’re labeled as racist. Look at Paula Deen and what happened to her to see how much vitriol is tied up in this one word. You know how you can’t discuss religion, politics, or sex in polite conversation? Added to that is the removal of the word ******. It’s been reduced to “the n-word.”

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