I'm loathe to have this non-issue spread out into two posts, but I was surprised when i saw this video at how stupid some people in the media can be. They need to grow the fuck up.
Are we not allowed to say "nuts" on TV anymore? I don't remember that one being on George Carlin's list of seven words.
But the immediate substitute for "cut off his nuts off" is "emasculate him." It's also interesting that the one anchor said "cut off his manhood," even though it's my understanding that manhood generally refers to the penis, not the testicles. But pish-posh.
Either way, the insult was directly related to making Obama not-a-man. It's also using a procedure that many transwomen voluntarily undergo as an insult. It's the transphobic version of "You're a fag" or "That's so gay," taking away a man's masculinity to portray him as less than human.
Not that it's any real surprise. We live in a culture that associates sodomy with death because it, apparently, permanently emasculates a man, and a society that thinks that a woman is less than a full human being.
The line between voluntarily and violently participating in what others interpret as emasculating is blurred for those who are are insecure in their masculinity or are made nervous by the ideas of others "losing" their masculinity (if it can happen to them, what about me?). Since the act of describing or naming either is violent to an audience who's insecure in its masculinity, we can't really say that there's much of a difference for them along the lines of consent.
All that is to say that Jesse Jackson's comment betrays a deeper transphobia and possibly misogyny or homophobia. I know, what a shock.
That and people in the media can say "nuts." What if the next E. coli outbreak is among almonds and pistachios?