Have you ever noticed how many slang words there are for gays and lesbians out there?? It's insulting! A lot
of them sound like another nasty word or something!! Here are my thoughts of some of them:
Faggot- Don't get me started on this one. It sounds disgusting, like "maggot."
Dyke- My younger sister made the oh-so-innocent observation that this word sounds like "dick". And she's
right! Honestly, it's awful. I hate the stereotype that gay men are feminine and that lesbians are
masculine. It's like whoever invented the word wanted to play to that concept.
Homo- I know that some people don't have a problem with this word, but I think it's appalling. It sounds like
"hobo", and we all know that's not exactly a compliment.
Queer- This word isn't often used to insult gays and lesbians anymore, but I still don't like it. It makes
me feel even more alienated, because my sexuality is a synonym for a word that used to mean "strange/weird"
in older times. Honestly, have you read Lord of the Rings lately? J.R.R. Tolkien uses the word "queer" five
or six times in the first chapters of The Fellowship, and I'm not even halfway through the book yet! It
feels strange, like the writer's making fun of me, even though I know he's not.
Basically, I'm not a big fan of slang words for homosexuals, and I'd really like it if everybody would just
stop using these words already!! I know that that is probably never going to happen in this lifetime, but
hey, this is a rant, right?