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Anti-gay politics and the word homosexual

Throughout my life, I’ve heard words referring to gay people tossed around as casual insults, often used as weapons against people who are not themselves gays or lesbians (see, for example, the use of “no homo“). It’s behavior like this that

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and politics

Is it racist to call “no homo” homophobic?

After I wrote in my last post that “no homo” propagates a homophobic ideology, I encountered a number of people claiming that resistance to “no homo” stemmed from racism masquerading as a concern for gay rights. In particular Hakeem Muhammed writes, “While

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Why “no homo” is homophobic (in case you somehow missed it)

Interestingly, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has recently given me a number of reasons to pay attention to what’s happening in professional sports. I don’t really know what games are being played, but I have been paying attention to the

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Posted in Ideology and social change

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