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That’s So Gay

Your friend cancels on you, she says she can’t come out tonight. ‘That’s so gay.’  Someone makes a cheesy comment, or a stupid one. ‘That’s so gay.’ You get a crappy test mark. ‘That’s so gay.’  I’m sorry, I didn’t realize that awkward or irritating moments enjoyed having sex with other moments of the same gender.  I wasn’t even aware that moments HAD a gender, and I can’t even begin to imagine how they go about the act.  Can you?

The casual use of the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory manner drives me crazy, it really does.  It’s disrespectful, homophobic and a sure sign of ignorance. The English language is virtually immeasurable and there are a multitude of  words within it which would fit the same context in which ‘gay’ is being used, and in fact, would be more effective in conveying the speaker’s message. Why use it? What’s the point? If the word ‘gay’ has any other meaning other than being an informal reference to homosexuality, it’s happiness.  Maybe I’m a little dim, but wouldn’t that completely contradict what these ignorant people are trying to say?

Moving away from the fact that the word ‘gay’ is being illogically used, there’s also the glaring issue of the stigma around homosexuality that this common phrase is helping to create.  People who are gay, or are on any part of the sexual rainbow really, have it hard enough.  They have to face homophobia and all kinds of discrimination, from an awful lot of people.  And let’s not even get into the hatred radiating from virtually all religious groups.  Do people really need to take the word ‘gay’ and make it a criticism, an insult? And it will become a way of tarring others, of insulting them. Few words are actually created in order to be insults. They become offensive words through society’s treatment of them.  The word ‘spastic’ is a prime example. In my eyes, that’s what is happening to the word ‘gay’.  It’s becoming a derogatory remark, and only adding to the idea that being gay is unacceptable and unnatural.  An idea which is clearly false.

The worst part about this phrase is that, at least in my life, most people don’t even realize that they’re doing it, that they’re offending a substantial group of people.  They say it casually, just off the tip of their tongue, and no one calls them up for it.  To degrade homosexuality is totally acceptable, it appears. One girl actually tried to convince me that she wasn’t homophobic, while happily using the word ‘gay’ as an insult. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s a complete contradiction, because to use that phrase is to be homophobic. But it’s become ingrained into society, and because of that, it seems to be okay.  Well, its not.  Its no more okay than making a racist comment or joking about rape, and I can guarantee that if anyone did so, they would be torn to shreds by those surrounding them. It may only be a small phrase, a casual reference, but the use of the word ‘gay’ as an insult needs to stop.  It has to, in order for those who are homosexual to be fully accepted into society as equals, with no stigma or prejudice.

‘That’s so gay’. A phrase we should fight to kick the hell out of our vocabulary.

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Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?

Ann Romney, wife of potential USA President, Mitt Romney

I think its fair to say that the majority of women, and in fact, people, are not ‘with her’.  I genuinely do not understand how someone could publicly express the fact that they don’t believe in equality for women.  Especially when that someone is a prominent figure in an election that the majority of the global population is focused and has the power to influence a great many people.  I think this statement is just obscene.  It is a total disregard for centuries’ worth of women struggling to fight for their rights, to gain the equal treatment and respect they deserve, a feat which has yet to be accomplished.  Think of all the women that fought for the vote, for an equal pay act, to go to university, and this woman has decided she can completely ignore all of that effort, everything that we women have inherited from the generations before us and the fight that we must take on to reach their goal.  It appears to be meaningless to her.  This for me is just an example of how regressive the Republicans are.  This woman, closely associated with a representative of that party, is openly encouraging people to go back in time. I know that Mrs Romney is entitled to her own opinion, but I just feel that some opinions shouldn’t be broadcast on such a large scale, especially when those opinions are so disrespectful.  I think its even worse that this statement came from a woman. Its one thing for a man to put women down. Obviously its wrong, but we can argue that he’s never seen life from a woman’s perspective, that obviously he is biased towards his own gender. We have more ground on which to fight back. With a woman, its just a betrayal.