Ms. S.J. Rickard (srickard at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk) wrote:
: I am aware that many minority groups "reclaim" words such as queer, dyke
: even nigger and I think that it's a good thing. However if you aren't a
: member of the minority then it can be offensive to use these reclaimed
: words, so you have to be very careful. I think people should be able to
: call themselves whatever they want to, or not at all if they so wish.
The problem is that even though there are groups that WILL
reclaim those words, there will always be members of that
group that will find those words still offensive. I know
many gays and lesbians that find the term "queer" very offensive
to them, although in my experiences, the community in general
does not find them offensive.
How does one then work so that they will not offend? It is
practically an impossibility.
Along the same lines, there are women who will always be
offended by the "women in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant"
lines and there will be some women who find it very funny
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