Whoa, I think that both pdx and maven have very good points (btw pdx are you from oregon???). And even though I agree that the misconception that sexuality as choice is overall detrimental and sneakily subversive (hey, I'm one of those silly bi's that half the gay AND straight community secretly don't believe exist), I think it might be reading too much into such slips of keys. Whether we choose to toss around terms such as faghag or queer, I think in general we're all in good company and have good intentions (like few straight people would jump on another straight person for the same comment about their sexuality, just because de facto it's not seen as an attempt to oppress with words). Minority communities are constantly put on the defensive about stuff like this and it leads to in-fighting that's even more divisive and detrimental to social and political reform.Originally Posted by pdxviewer
In general, I think all we educated people should make an effort to avoid such slips as "choosing sexuality" AND to avoid using epithets for the purpose of demeaning or alienating (as opposed to embracing and reforming the term), but then give fellow queers a certain benefit of the doubt and avoid patronizing eachother. Wow, what a run on sentence!
Just a few thoughts...and yes i'm probably an idiot
Ducking behind her keyboard,