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Honestly, when are people going to learn that "fag" really isn't appropriate? Granted it was from a techie website, but really, adults should be aware of these things. Cripes.

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akirashima
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
more importantly. why do we let that word have power over us. why do we react so badly. people used to call me fag and fat and a whole host of derogatory names as i was growing up. but then i no longer reacted to the names at all, further i took the names for myself and held them as badges and made much better fun of myself than others could. and you know what. the names no longer had power over me. i see the word fag used and other than an occasional sigh over the fact that it identifies stupidity on the part of the speaker most of the time it does not phase me at all.

as long as people take offense to words they will have negative power.
esprix
Feb. 13th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'm more concerned about the intent behind the words, and in this particular case, the intent was clearly to be derogatory.
akirashima
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
oh i know the intent was derogatory. but still that is the entire point. we let it have power. if that word were banned today because of people using it for derogatory uses (like many PC adherents wish) then a new word would be in use in five minutes. and it would be just as derogatory. just as vicious and mean and dirty. and we would let it have power too. It is like the whole Crippled thing. crippled once just stated a condition. then it became and insult because people let it become one. then they became handicapped and people started using the new term for insults and making fun. so it became stupid like calling themselves handicapable and differently abled and mobility challeneged and still other things. seemingly every year the term changes. and for what. because the old term became derogatory to someone and they got mad because someone used it to insult them. guess what. they and i are still cripples. and as long as we get up in arms over every mean use of a word then the people that do such will continue to use those words in that way to get a rise out of us. we let them have that power when we do this shit.

Not that i think humanity will ever as a species grow up enough to be able to do anything like dismiss such behaviour and get on with their lives. i am pretty sure that petty behaviour is indeed genetic. which is sad. but hey. until humanity grows up i shall always be a fat crippled fag
esprix
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I understand what you're saying, but they could call me "Albert von Hossenpfeffer" and if they meant to insult me, then I'll accept it the way they intended it and not so much "be offended," but rather be angry that they would want to intentionally offend me.
akirashima
Feb. 13th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
i just learned that being angry at them insulting me intentionally only eggs them on to do it more. so if i refuse to be angry at them and thier baiting then they lose interest.

sigh

i just wish humans would grow up.
jezebelleinhell
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
I get really offended when this new generation of budding adults think it's ok to call something lame "Gay". The guy I hired to work for me kept calling things "gay" and I started yelling "cigarette" every time he did it (in reference to an English "fag") and he's caught my meaning.

esprix
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
People just don't think until you point it out to them. *sigh*
jezebelleinhell
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
in this (supposedly) "PC" world why in the hell did nobody notice they were being totally derogatory and insulting to at LEAST 1/10th of the earth's population when they say a T show is "gay". What fucking planet have these kids been on? Isn't there like, a lawsuit waiting to happen there?
harlkyn
Feb. 13th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
I am I the last person in this world that can't be offended by words?

Honestly, you could call me anything and I wouldn't care.
esprix
Feb. 16th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
You're a rare breed, I suppose.
verix
Feb. 14th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
I suppose this kind of crosses a gray area. On the internet it's basically a colloquial term that has no relation to sexual identification other than the fact that it was used in the past as a gay slur. The word has honestly morphed from "horrible word denoting that the person on the receiving end is a male of the gay persuasion" to "generic insult." But it seems this is a popular site that has major influence in a real area-- a place where "fag" actually isn't a generic insult unless you're in high school.

So I'm not really all that offended at all. But honestly, they could have used better judgment in the issue.
esprix
Feb. 16th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
I totally don't buy the "it's just a generic insult now - it doesn't mean anything" argument anymore. If an entire group of people identify themselves using a word, and that word is used as an insult (and I firmly believe the roots of the use of the word "gay" are, indeed, meant to have been insulting - why else call someone "gay?"), then you're insulting that group by using it, intentionally.

IMHO, at least.
felis_ultharus
Feb. 16th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Why would they be let off for being techies? If someone's sentient enough to operate a computer, they should know better.

The only acceptable use of that word is if you're British, and talking about cigarettes.
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