In my previous post for Medium on National Sex Education Day, I gave you my 5-part formula for talking dirty about anything and also gave you some racy sentences to go with it. If you haven’t read, you should. Or better yet, go listen to the episode my podcast RhetoricLee Speaking

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5y6i1uEmQtxSy33C01w8zV?si=ymx0NwxlQn-U7t_UQ4cHWQ

We’re going to listen to the world’s most boring sex scene from the Netflix series Bridgerton. Quick overview: he’s a philandering young Duke of hotness and she is the sassy virgin who melted his frozen heart all the way to the altar. …


In honor of National Sex Education Day on February 2nd, let me educate you about some sex stuff. Like talking dirty and talking about talking dirty the no-cliche RhetoricLee Speaking way. (Apparently I’m in the mood to rhyme to-day).

Listen to the podcast https://open.spotify.com/episode/5y6i1uEmQtxSy33C01w8zV?si=v0issRD_T2CaSsxPLXaFyg

Before we dive in, let me tell you a little bit about who this episode is for. It is for people who are excited about the idea of dirty talk, or sexy talk, or explicit talk, but have no idea how to start or aren’t sure if their partner is receptive or have had a bad experience or been turned off…


Former president Donald Trump announced on Monday that he will open an “Office of the Former President in Florida. The title of the office is purposefully misleading. Mr. Trump is once again a businessperson and should not be representing himself as a spokesperson for the broader United States interest.

Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

According to the press release, “The Office will be responsible for managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism.”

As a rhetorician, I immediately notice…


King’s commitment was not to nonviolence as a principle but rather nonviolence as a rhetorical strategy that aimed to amplify and highlight the violence of the oppressor by contrasting it to radical nonviolence.

The past year has been unusually busy for the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Between the Black Lives Matter protests of the summer of 2020 and the recent protests at the Capitol, Dr. King’s so-called “principle of nonviolence” has been cited with vigor in opposition to both of these events.

Except both movements miss the important point that nonviolence wasn’t a principle for…


By Lee M. Pierce, PhD

Update: since writing this piece, credible evidence has emerged that the Capitol insurrection was funded by $2.7 million of Trump’s so-called campaign funding and has ties to dark money donors like the Koch Brothers and other Tea Party supporters. I therefore no longer believe what I wrote below. The Capitol insurrection was an AstroTurf movement through and through. But I don’t believe in deleting mistakes from the internet.

Following the reactionary, anti-democratic protests of a pro-Trump mob on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, many people, including soon-to-be President Biden, have claimed that we shouldn’t be…


Jamelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout.” Jamila Woods’ “Blk Girl Soldier.” J. Cole’s “Middle Child.” Beyonce’s “Formation.”

If you are unfamiliar with that list, it includes what I consider the best bangers to come out of music in response to the first wave of Black Lives Matter. Or the Movement for Black Lives.

Click here to listen to the podcast episode on Spotify

If I had made an earlier Top 5 list, those songs would have all tied for the number one spot. Why? Because they were the most interesting, intriguing, challenging, insightful, which is to say non-cliche, non-generic, non-superficial, speech…


I wrote last week about the cliche that is the epiphany. You should probably go read that, but in the event that you do not, here’s the skinny.

An epiphany is a Christian thing. It means the manifestation of a divine being but has also come to mean, in the secular word, a sudden moment of clarity.

Epiphanies manifest themselves in our public discourse through the loathsome phrase, “and suddenly, everything changed.”

But for those of us living in the secular world, epiphanies are a persuasive shortcut. …


With New Year’s fast approaching, we are all in store for our usual turning-of-the clock epiphany. Suddenly, everything changes and, at that moment, we just know. Even though calendars are made up and dates are arbitrary, still, you will be convinced that the changing of that fourth number on the yearly clock somehow gives you superhuman willpower and insight.

Listen on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts

People often think that an epiphany is a rhetorical device, like epistrophe or Epizeuxis. But it is not. Like all critical thinking shortcuts, it was made up by Christianity. An epiphany, as…


Screenshot of “I Am Not Okay with This” Official Trailer, taken by the author

Netflix recently added to its offerings yet another coming-of-age-cum-superhero show, “I Am Not Okay with This.” Following in the steps of “Misfits,” “The Umbrella Academy,” and last year’s breakout, “Raising Dion,” “I Am Not Okay With This” tells the story of Syd, a dorky 17-year old white girl whose latent anger about life’s unfairness supplies her telekinetic powers. If Syd sounds like an older version of Eleven from “Stranger Things,” she likely is; the shows share producers.

I have only watched the 2-minute trailer on my Netflix homepage but that is enough to know that Syd’s plight is an allegory…


Chris D’Elia you are the corniest motherfucker I have ever not met. And you know what? It works for you. That’s why you’re funny. You’re not hard.

Watch the YouTube version at https://youtu.be/EQ9Qn5Ai6wE

I barely played sports in high school and all I remember from getting my ass handed to me in gym class, other than wishing we were allowed to have water bottles, were those stupid “No Fear” t-shirts that said things like, “pain is your fat crying.”

I hate the No Pain, No Gain mentality. Not only is it extremist, it’s not even true.

No Pain, Some Gain.

Lee M Pierce

rhetorical communication expert @sunygeneseo * host of RhetoricLee Speaking podcast * blower of minds * zero chill * #fightthecliche

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