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the word gay....offensive or not?

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there's loadsa homo this and homo that...... so why is the word gay so offensive and is anyone offended by this word? in the words of idiots on this forum: Discuss Read More
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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
there's loadsa homo this and homo that...... so why is the word gay so offensive and is anyone offended by this word?

in the words of idiots on this forum: Discuss
magicbeans Avatar
6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
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#1
LOL..... reported offensive thread X)

Edited By: Rupz on Jun 10, 2011 16:26
#2
I'm offended…….. JK
#3
get bent
#4
lolz...... i take it so far so no
banned#5
It depends on context.
banned#6
jellybaby22
My 8 year old says it all the time .... Everything is sooooo gay, I wouldn't say it because, well , I'm not 8 but no I don't find it offensive


What does she mean by saying something is gay?
#7
FilthAndFurry
It depends on context.


Agreed
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jellybaby22


I assume she means it's crap or pathetic it's hard to know, being female she's always complaining about nothing


Corrected for you.
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Entirely about the context, just as black isn't offensive as a word on its own. To call something 'gay' in a negative context (ie this xxx is gay, that xxx is gay etc) is in general offensive (particularly to homosexuals and those who associate with gay being a good thing) as it brings a negative association to something being gay.

Edited By: jah128 on Jun 10, 2011 16:31
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jellybaby22
FilthAndFurry
jellybaby22
My 8 year old says it all the time .... Everything is sooooo gay, I wouldn't say it because, well , I'm not 8 but no I don't find it offensive


What does she mean by saying something is gay?


I assume she means it's crap or pathetic it's hard to know, being female she's always complaining about something


Oh, right like homosexuals then?

Does she describe things as a bit 'black' or 'Jewy' too?
2 Likes #11
tbh ive seen worse than that written on this forum, people need to relax, i know MB wouldnt use the word to be offensive to anyone its just a laugh ffs!

stop being soooo gay
#12
jah128
Entierly about the context, just as black isn't offensive as a word on its own. To call something 'gay' in a negative context (ie this xxx is gay, that xxx is gay etc) is in general offensive (particularly to homosexuals and those who associate with gay being a good thing) as it brings a negative association to something being gay.


so are u offended......like JB says....its a kid word so to me its not offensive ..... doesnt make one homophobic does it
#13
No doubt her friends also use the word, and she'll grow out of it soon enough.
banned#14
It's slightly more worrying when grown adults use the word.
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jellybaby22
My 8 year old says it all the time .... Everything is sooooo gay, I wouldn't say it because, well , I'm not 8 but no I don't find it offensive But then I'm not gay ,might be offensive to gay people


Try teaching her some of the far more eloquant and less divisive words that exist that fit the purpose better...
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magicbeans
jah128
Entierly about the context, just as black isn't offensive as a word on its own. To call something 'gay' in a negative context (ie this xxx is gay, that xxx is gay etc) is in general offensive (particularly to homosexuals and those who associate with gay being a good thing) as it brings a negative association to something being gay.


so are u offended......like JB says....its a kid word so to me its not offensive ..... doesnt make one homophobic does it


When you use 'gay' to mean something is bad then you're essentially saying that being gay has a negative connotation to it.

It's not too hard to see how that could be offensive to a decent person.
#17
jellybaby22
jah128


Try teaching her some of the far more eloquant and less divisive words that exist that fit the purpose better...


Hmmm I'll give it a go but who's going to teach MB not to use it X)

MB is a lost cause in this matter... she will go on using it till the day she dies.....how gay is that lol:D


Edited By: Rupz on Jun 10, 2011 16:54: too much gay
#18
magicbeans
so are u offended......like JB says....its a kid word so to me its not offensive ..... doesnt make one homophobic does it


Personally, no, but that is pretty much irrelevant; there is lots that is offensive, to some grossly offensive, that doesn't bother me. But as a yes\no answer it has to be yes, it is offensive, and understandably why. (Take as an example a schoolchild who is having concerns about their own sexuality; you must see why being in an environment where anything negative is 'gay' must result in complex physchological issues for one who believes they may be homosexual).

Rather than offending me though, its just a pretty poor use of language; surely as adults here we can find more suitable (and less divisive?) words to describe things that stretch beyond 3 letters?

Edited By: jah128 on Jun 10, 2011 16:57
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These arguments relating to "just having a laugh etc" are simply a re-run 50 years on of the some of the arguments faced by anti-racists.

People need to remember that when they use these terms they are lining up with those that see homosexuality an abomination or disease and seek either intellectually or physically to eradicate it.
#21
jah128
magicbeans
so are u offended......like JB says....its a kid word so to me its not offensive ..... doesnt make one homophobic does it


Personally, no, but that is pretty much irrelevant; there is lots that is offensive, to some grossly offensive, that doesn't bother me. But as a yes\no answer it has to be yes, it is offensive, and understandably why. (Take as an example a schoolchild who is having concerns about their own sexuality; you must see why being in an environment where anything negative is 'gay' must result in complex physchological issues for one who believes they may be homosexual).

Rather than offending me though, its just a pretty poor use of language; surely as adults here we can find more suitable (and less divisive?) words to describe things that stretch beyond 3 letters?


agree with u to an extent.

poor language....yeah it is...but its forum dependant.... and on this forum its acceptable imo....

in real life u r correct i never use the word gay around my kids or with the mums from school but i will say it to my brothers or my sister without thinking twice about it...
#23
Plum
These arguments relating to "just having a laugh etc" are simply a re-run 50 years on of the some of the arguments faced by anti-racists.

People need to remember that when they use these terms they are lining up with those that see homosexuality an abomination or disease and seek either intellectually or physically to eradicate it.

u cant eradicate gay people....they are the nice ones!

chavism i have though
#24
magicbeans
yeah it is...but its forum dependant.... and on this forum its acceptable imo....

in real life u r correct i never use the word gay around my kids or with the mums from school but i will say it to my brothers or my sister without thinking twice about it...


Personally I'd rather not see it here, perhaps in certain threads but I just don't think it sets a very good impression for a 'family friendly' forum, and, if it becomes commonplace, it might start straying into personal comments, which would certainly be unacceptable; that said there is, as mentioned, far more offensive stuff that frequently gets mentioned and condoned...
#25
jah128
magicbeans
yeah it is...but its forum dependant.... and on this forum its acceptable imo....

in real life u r correct i never use the word gay around my kids or with the mums from school but i will say it to my brothers or my sister without thinking twice about it...


Personally I'd rather not see it here, perhaps in certain threads but I just don't think it sets a very good impression for a 'family friendly' forum, and, if it becomes commonplace, it might start straying into personal comments, which would certainly be unacceptable; that said there is, as mentioned, far more offensive stuff that frequently gets mentioned and condoned...

this forum is NOT family friendly...... hottest deal of all time is a fleshlight . condom deals are super hot with the same crap about how big people's willy's are.... there are so many tounge in cheek threads on here.....

loadsa avatars arent 'family friendly' and like u say there is loads on here thats a lot worse.

gay is a kid word...its pathetic and lame and because of that its bearly offensive
#26
magicbeans
this forum is NOT family friendly...... hottest deal of all time is a fleshlight . condom deals are super hot with the same crap about how big people's willy's are.... there are so many tounge in cheek threads on here.....


I'm not going to disagree that the reality is somewhat different from the mission statement...

magicbeans
gay is a kid word...its pathetic and lame and because of that its bearly offensive


When I was at school many kids used black in exactly the same context as gay is used now. That trend, has, I hope, somewhat died-out, as people have become more aware and educated to the negative connotations. I agree its widely used by kids, and pathetic and lame, but I don't think that in results in it being barely offensive...
#27
What ever happend to the word 'Gay' meaning happy, does it always have to mean someones sexual prefrance?
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Not really offensive but I suppose in some instance it can behttp://www.bartonccc.net/sports/trackfield/tf0708/photos0708/Olympics2008/08USTrials/TysonGay977.jpg

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