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.

peakfaggot

 

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”.

  • Andy

    A faggot is a meat ball, a dish popular in the north of England

    • Rusty B

      Or a pile of firewood.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Surely there are more interesting ways to WAIST YOUR TIME?

    • unsol

      I agree, but “waist” – is that a play on WOs weight loss challenge or did you mean waste? :-)

      • johnbronkhorst

        Quite, I edited it from waiste and deleted the wrong vowel.

  • UnconventionalConventionist

    The poll fails to mention that most of these are posted by Colin Craig to see if his theory that abuse turns you gay really works..

  • blairmulholland

    I sure hope we have reached peak faggot. People need to start keeping their sexuality to themselves and their partner.

    • Kopua Cowboy

      Amen to that

  • bobby

    Why would so many people be talking about bunches of sticks?

88%