Is "gay" a pejorative?

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Is it ever Ok to refer to things as gay (aside from known homosexuals)?

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Is "gay" a pejorative?

Postby Mother Theresa » 02 Mar 2009, 17:58

This shirt for instance. If irishstu came to work in a shirt like this, would it be wrong for me to say, "how gay"?

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Seriously. Would that always be a politically incorrect, anti-homosexual slur, or might it be a perfectly appropriate comment and people shouldn't be offended by it?
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Re: Is it wrong to refer to things as gay?

Postby TomHill » 02 Mar 2009, 18:02

Irishstu doesn't want to be the first pirate.

I think it is funny, but it's not really acceptable. I use the word ghey.
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Re: Is it wrong to refer to things as gay?

Postby Dr. McCoy » 02 Mar 2009, 18:02

That's 'cause you're a homo.
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Re: Is it wrong to refer to things as gay?

Postby Buttercup » 02 Mar 2009, 18:09

How can describing a man's clothing as 'gay' be an insult? Straight boys, even the most fashion dubious gay man I know is a million floors above you, in the tower of pants.

'Ghey', is a different word, in British. Best only used in writing, for obvious reasons. Women can be 'ghey', but not 'gay'.
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Re: Is it wrong to refer to things as gay?

Postby Charlie Phillips » 02 Mar 2009, 18:27

It's fine for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 but by the time you reach senior high, you should be seriously considering going to university/college so you should be able to master a few more adjectives.

Rush Limbaugh is gay and so is Sean Hannity.
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Re: Is it wrong to refer to things as gay?

Postby Jaboney » 02 Mar 2009, 18:30

Ever? I could think of a few positive exceptions.

But using "That's so gay," and "Carry on, ladies," as pejoratives probably ranks on par with referring to you with "Whiteboy" or "Cracker", no?
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Re: Is it wrong to refer to things as gay?

Postby Mother Theresa » 02 Mar 2009, 18:40

I don't know. Once gay meant happy and cheerful. Now it still means that, but people rarely use it for that meaning because it has an additional meaning of homosexual. Is it possible it might also have another meaning of goofy and girly (if one can say goofy and girly -- can one?)?

In the above shirt situation, the word is used solely to describe the shirt, and not the sexuality of the wearer. Isn't it possible such a use could be legit and inoffensive to anyone other than the wearer of the shirt?
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Re: Is it wrong to refer to things as gay?

Postby TainanCowboy » 02 Mar 2009, 18:43

pc is so gay
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Re: Is it wrong to refer to things as gay?

Postby Buttercup » 02 Mar 2009, 18:55

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Re: Is it wrong to refer to things as gay?

Postby TomHill » 02 Mar 2009, 18:59

Mother Theresa wrote:In the above shirt situation, the word is used solely to describe the shirt, and not the sexuality of the wearer. Isn't it possible such a use could be legit and inoffensive to anyone other than the wearer of the shirt?


But are you saying the shirt is happy and cheerful or are you saying it is homosexual? If 'gay' is being used in a pejorative manner then surely the sentence is an insult to homosexuals, and not aimed at the shirt itself.

You need to start using the word more. Matt Groening gave us back the word bender. Yet Randal failed with porch monkey. You have to persist MT.
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