Why is Pimp Still Being Used?

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  1. Pete Maida profile image60
    Pete Maidaposted 10 years ago

    I have read several comments in the forums about the problem that our ladies have with the word pimp and the way it is used here at HubPages.  Today I see it in big colorful ads.  I think that it wouldn't be too hard for the powers that be to honor the wishes of the ladies and find another word.  There seem to be a lot of talented writers associated with HubPages so it shouldn't be too hard to make this happen.

    1. Davinagirl3 profile image59
      Davinagirl3posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you.  It should offend women.  I think.  "Slave Trader" could not be "spun" to make it seem cool.

  2. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 10 years ago

    I thought that it was figured out that they were ads. From Google Adsense.

    I'm not sure how writing talent is going to change it.

  3. kmackey32 profile image68
    kmackey32posted 10 years ago

    hmmm thats pimpin!! LOL

  4. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 10 years ago

    I'm not offended by the word. Like I posting in a forum talking about it, the word has been around for centuries. The current saying "to pimp" is what it originally stood for. I see it as reclaiming a word.

  5. goldentoad profile image60
    goldentoadposted 10 years ago

    Playa's, Pimps, and Ho's. Its all good.

  6. Pete Maida profile image60
    Pete Maidaposted 10 years ago

    If it is all from Google then I guess it is out of our hands.  Maybe was misled.  Maybe it wasn't as big a deal to the ladies as I thought.

  7. profile image0
    Nelle Hoxieposted 10 years ago

    Uninvited Writer and others taught me about the history of the word pimp, which was quite intersting.

    I still don't like it, but I've decided that I'm a bit over sensitive on the issue. Perhaps gang violence and pimping isn't the same in their cultures. Anyways I'm trying to get over myself and be more with it.

    And since it's coming from google, it's alot like the scientology ads. Not much we can do about it.

  8. profile image55
    Blackngoldbananaposted 10 years ago

    I'm a lady and I don't have a problem with the word "Pimp" as it is used as slang. 

    Its original meaning was one of a onerous profession, but the word has evolved, as many words do, to mean something else.  "Pimpin" means good, awesome, cool.  "Pimp my ride" was actually a very nice reality show where a person could get their car fixed up.

    Pimp was bad, now its good, get with it.

    1. kmackey32 profile image68
      kmackey32posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Good one!!

  9. Davinagirl3 profile image59
    Davinagirl3posted 10 years ago

    A pimp is a man who sells women. When is "whore" gonna be cool?

    1. profile image55
      Blackngoldbananaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, a pimp is a man who sells a woman, but that is only ONE definition.

      I don't know when the word "whore" is going to be cool, but I do know women who call each other "ho" (a shortened verison of the word whore) as a term of affection.

      Take something negative and turn it into a positive thing and it removes the sting.

  10. Davinagirl3 profile image59
    Davinagirl3posted 10 years ago

    I guess my problem is the fact that actual pimps are still around and reaping the benefits of destroying other human beings.  I am a STD/HIV educator, so I have worked with many sex workers in education programs.  Pimps are not good, in any way.  As far as the word goes, the root is still the same.  A lot of people believe the stigma is gone from the "N" word, as well.  It just shouldn't be used, because we all know that words have power.

  11. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 10 years ago

    This is the true root of the word:

    The word 'pimp' first appeared in English in 1607 in a Thomas Middleton book entitled 'Your Five Gallants.' It's believe to have stemmed from the French infinitive 'pimper' meaning to dress up elegantly and from the present participle 'pimpant' meaning alluring in dress seductive.

    1. Davinagirl3 profile image59
      Davinagirl3posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      So, it went from good to bad, then from bad to good.  Now we're getting into popular consensus, again.  I am thinking about what "most people" think the word 'pimp' means... That could be bad on my part... and by 'bad' I mean 'bad'.smile

  12. thranax profile image63
    thranaxposted 10 years ago

    Most people aren't offended by the word Pimp lol. I mean, listen to a Rap & R&B public radio station.
    Personal experience from playing online games, girls nowadays (teens to 20s) often don't care and they even use the word themselves. Most of the time the word isn't even used or applied correctly if you pay attention.


  13. fortunerep profile image83
    fortunerepposted 10 years ago

    the word pimp is used as a compliment to well dressed males. 
    As far the the word whore or ho, it has caused so much controversy where I live that it has been taken out of context and HO HO HO at Christmas time is an insult.



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