Gert Jan Gast (gjgast at nioz.nl) wrote:
: Could you please explain ulta-PC???
It rubs me the wrong way when people come up to me and correct
my speech for the sake of correcting it and making it "PC".
This is especially offensive to me when I say something with
no malicious intent. For example:
I'm very involved in the glbt community and I have been involved
in the community for the past 5 years, even though I am a
heterosexual female. My best friend is a gay man and I've had
people come up to me and tell me that when I use the word "Queer",
I'm being offensive to gays and lesbians. I understand that
it can be seen as offensive and for about a year and a half, I was
very nervous about using the term "queer" to describe the glbt
community or a person who is a member of the community. However,
when a person is immersed within the community, there is no
maliciousness or hate in using the term "queer". Members of the
glbt community often use the term "queer" to describe themselves,
the term being very empowering to themselves. My best friend
encourages me to use the term "queer" and I use the term often
to describe myself, an individual active and vocal in the community
even though I am a heterosexual woman. Many times I've had
people come up to me and actively harass me for the usage of the
I've also been harassed for using the term "oriental" to describe
myself, even though I am 100% filipina.
I think people should also consider the intent of the words
being used. Granted "people can take the word the wrong way",
but at the same time, people cannot please everyone and also
many times people are purposely using the word as a source of
empowerment for that discriminating group.
"Just because I'm white doesn't mean I'm racist.
Just because I'm male doesn't mean I'm sexist.
Just because I'm straight doesn't mean I'm a homophobe."
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