- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mike Huckabee, a likely GOP presidential candidate, told a Des Moines radio host that he doesn’t understand why so many think it’s OK to drop the “F-bomb” in public and at work, calling it a culture shock that women now use such coarse language as frequently as men.

He said his recently wrapped, six-year run in New York for his Fox News stint proved a real eye-opener in that regard, Politico reported.

“In the South, or in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the F-bomb or use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting,” Mr. Huckabee said on “Mickelson in the Morning” with Jan Mickelson. “In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women. My gosh, this is worse than locker-room talk.”

He said he would have thought such talk would be “considered totally inappropriate to say” around women, The Huffington Post reported.

“And for a woman to say them in a professional setting, we would only assume that this is a very, as we would say in the South, ‘That’s just trashy,’” Mr. Huckabee said, the Post reported. “Would you figure they do it because that’s what they expect and that’s what women, if they want to be perceived as equal, they have to be just as debased as guys? I think that’s part of it. It is so common that it’s not even perceived as being profanity. That’s what’s so amazing to me.”

In 2013, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia told New York Magazine that the “coarseness of manners” in modern-day society was problematic.

“You can’t go to a movie — or watch a television show for that matter — without hearing the constant use of the F-word, including you know, ladies using it,” Mr. Scalia said at the time. “But if you portray it a lot, the society’s going to become that way. It’s very sad.

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