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This is so gay

Some busy-body teacher is trying to ban the use of the word gay.

A teacher is on a mission to ban the word “gay” from pupils’ everyday speech.

Warren Bowers, who has done a master’s degree on homosexuality in education, said New Zealand children and teenagers seemed to use “gay” as a negative colloquial term more than pupils in other countries.

“Quite often teachers just ignore it … teachers will pull kids up on using sexist language, they’ll pull kids up on using racist language … but if kids use that word ‘gay’ … quite often, they’ll just let it slide.”

Hasn’t he realised the usage has changed? And many years ago too. Words evolve over time.

Wikipedia notes this:

A 2006 BBC ruling by the Board of Governors over the use of the word in this context by Chris Moyles on his Radio 1 show, “I do not want that one, it’s gay,” advises “caution on its use” for this reason:
“The word ‘gay’, in addition to being used to mean ‘homosexual’ or ‘carefree’, was often now used to mean ‘lame’ or ‘rubbish’. This is a widespread current usage of the word amongst young people… The word ‘gay’ … need not be offensive… or homophobic … The governors said, however, that Moyles was simply keeping up with developments in English usage. … The committee… was “familiar with hearing this word in this context.” The governors believed that in describing a ring tone as ‘gay’, the DJ was conveying that he thought it was ‘rubbish’, rather than ‘homosexual’. … The panel acknowledged however that this use… in a derogatory sense… could cause offence in some listeners, and counselled caution on its use. ”

Some time ago Gay changed from meaning happy and carefree to homosexual. Fred Flinstone used to encourage children to have a gay old time according to his theme song.

Southpark spent an entire episode taking the piss out of the use of alleged gay slurs. As this critical piece says:

Words evolve. Their usage evolves. I don’t actually agree that we’re at that point with gay slurs like “fag” or “that’s so gay,” but I can recognize that it’s coming. If you talk to the average 15-year-old using those terms to denote something “lame”, they’re most likely very gay supportive. They’d actually be offended that you think they were homophobic. The word just doesn’t mean the same to them as it does to many adults.

Gays against Fags

Warren Bower is just being gay by trying to ban people using it to describe actions like his.

How does Nikki Kaye justify her campaign for gay pride?

One of the most read bloggers in the world, Andrew Sullivan, is also gay. He is also one of my favourite bloggers. He writes about gay pride:

I haven’t been to a Pride event in years, maybe a decade. My view is that they can be great therapy and empowerment for those just coming to terms with being out, but can end up enforcing some ghastly, single “gay identity” memes I don’t really believe in. My hope has always been that as civil rights are extended and formal equality achieved, we can move past gay and straight to human, and within that broader category have far more niches, sub-sub-cultures, individuals and experiments in living as possible. The gay pride thing is so … well, gay. It was once a gateway; now it feels more like a holding pen.

Does Auckland really need a gay pride event when a writer like Andrew Sullivan is saying they are …”well, gay.”