Is It Ever Okay To Re-Appropriate Homophobic Slurs?

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Sly Merritt has a BA in psychology/sociology. MA in clinical psychology. He's a flip flop wearing hippy with a peaceloving mindset. Even pacifists like him know when it's time to do all we can for LGBTQ equality. Sly's views are all opinions not advice.

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5 Responses

  1. Kurt RexCooper says:

    I have been debating this on and off about symbols in general. And when people say a swastica has other meanings I am the first to jump on them to say maybe in 2000 years it could be used but I doubt it.

    That is one end… Never can be redeemed.

    The other end?

    Can african americans redeem or negate “power” the n-word by using it among themselves? Some think so.

    The argument for gays using the word “f*g” is the same. Do I use it ironically friends and tricks to refer to myself? Sometimes and its in the same vein.

    You can be offended or not… But it happens.

  2. Jay says:

    I agree with you. Obviously, there is a difference between people using the term viciously and those who use it “endearingly,” but the problem is it causes people, even one’s friends and even oneself, to devalue you. In the ultimate analysis, it says, you are just a “f-g” and thereby should not be taken seriously. While sometimes people need to be taken down a peg and their pomposity punctured, using homophobic slurs is not a good way. I cringe whenever gay friends use such language.

  3. Patrick says:

    I think that some words HAVE been reclaimed, most significantly the use of “queer” as a basis of sexual or gender identity in a lot of today’s youth. However, I think there is a big difference in the connotation of the words “queer” and “fag,” the latter being much more severe.

  4. joriske12 says:

    it all depends in what tone, mood & context the word is used

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