Peak Faggot

Andrew Sullivan blogs about “Peak Faggot”. There is even a website to monitor the use of words and phrases like ‘faggot’, ‘so gay’, ‘no Homo’ and ‘dyke’

With cool graphs in realtime. Note from the graph below that ‘faggot’ is growing in use.

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Sullivan comments:

What?s interesting is to click on?NoHomophobes.com?to read the actual contemporaneous tweets that contain the phrases ?so gay?, ?dyke?, ?NoHomo?, and ?faggot.? I have to say that ?so gay? does seem, from reading the tweets, to be close to meaningless in terms of active, pre-meditated homophobia. Yes, of course it is a negative term and is rooted in the premise that being homosexual is lame. But it has become so generic I?m not really outraged by it. In fact, I?m not that outraged at any of this. Twitter is full of expletives and hate-words. I wonder if the n-word and the word ?bitch?, for example, are much more common.

?Faggot? is also somewhat ubiquitous, ranging from the classic hate term against gay men to a general term of abuse for straight women and straight men. But some of that abuse in context is jokey. So this post ? which will be tweeted ? will register as hate-speech, just as a joke between two friends in which ?faggot? has been drained of any explicit homosexual meaning. But ?NoHomo? is almost entirely an ugly, nasty prejudice.

Note how Sullivan, a gay man, doesn’t consider ?’so gay’ to be “so generic I?m not really outraged by it”.

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