||[May. 10th, 2002|06:51 pm]
The Love Bug
The word "gay" refers to men or women.
The word "homosexual" refers to men or women.
The word "lesbian" refers to women only.
Is there an equivalent word to "lesbian" for men?
Well.. recently I think "Gay" is more and more being referred to as just men..
I dunno. I can't think of a term off the top of my head.
Women just have the ego to *want* their own designation I guess ;) heh.. j/k
Heh, the wife (moosical
) didn't quite appreciate that! ROFL
I thought gay was originally for men.
cos there are lgb clubs
lesbian, gay, bi
poof, or fag? ;o)
Bit slang though ;o)
really just depends on the usage; to me, it's pretty much male by default in it's 'queer' context, but in itself, these definitions for that word are pretty modern inventions, as are almost all such gender connotations. Gender-wise, men tend to be- well, loud, when talking about things like sexual politics and identity - go figure - and guys on both sides of the fence come up with lots of sexually identifying terms; gay, fag, queer, poofter, homophile, uranian (sic), and so on and so forth. It's when the labeled group in question gets political (Queer Nation) and/or social (Gay Rights) that they tend to lose the gender specific orientation. Such labels also becomes really convienient shorthand to use in a pinch when you need to be all inclusive, otherwise you end up with long PC tongue tanglers like GLBT&T. Makes for a poor news headline, that does...
Women certianly can and do talk about these issues too - sometimes to an agonizingly intricate degree, to my silly male self- but it's mainly by and to themselves. The tricky thing is, see, is that the girls aren't the scary ones like us evil, nasty fags are, so using male dominated identity tags are fine, as the women and their issues can be safely ignored by het culture and media. Dykes are like, sexy hot, right? Bloody patririarchal oppresser - um, point. Which was? Ah.
Gay male self identification terms are just too cute to keep to ourselves, so they never stay just gay male identified, unless they are just too clumsy for day use, like homosexual- "Homies", indeed - or too obscure - remember where you were at the first time you heard the term "fluffer"? "Gay"s inflections and meanings depend on just who says it where in regards to what, and that works pretty darn good, as best as i can tell, and I'm a long time user. Just toss it around in a few conversations at home and in the office today, and see if anyone asks you to clarify which gender you mean. Now, if you hafta get picky, 'butt pirate' works fine in my book...
Time for coffee now, I think.