Not Everything Is Queer Abstract

by Nikolaos on May 7, 2016 - 6:42pm

Words are very important. They allow us, amongst many other things, to communicate our thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Some words, however, are more delicate than others, especially when they define someone’s identity or have a very heavy and dark past such as “faggot” or “nigger”.

Recently, there seems to be a trend revolving around the word “queer”. Although when the word was first introduced it meant unconventional, it was soon used against members of the LGBT community, men who acted in an effeminate way in particular, as an insult. The word, since then, seems to have started to be reclaimed by non-gay individuals. “Queer” is not a interchangeable with unconventional. Its history makes it very difficult for non-LGBT people to use the word well, and it can still be used in a derogatory manner, although LGBTQ+ now includes the term because of its inclusivity (and more).

Reclaiming a word or redefining a word is not something that anyone can do.  Therefore, there has to be specific meanings when it comes to groups, identity, and humans. This said, this essay concentrates on the new ways the word is used or how it has become ordinary and normal to use queer whenever and however. Fixed meanings can therefore become necessary to protect the people the word can affect and has affected.

 

This essay also links to previous pieces where I talk about the misconceptions regarding the term feminism and gay rights. LGBT individuals are still being discriminated against all around the planet (such as in Indonesia and Russia), and using what used to be or still are insults in everyday vocabulary is not OK for a cisgender/straight person.

 

Works Cited:

Begley, Sarah. "Half Of Younger Brits Don’t Identify As ‘Completely Heterosexual’." Time.Com (2015): N.PAG. Academic Search Elite. Web. 5 May 2016.

Ford, Richard Thompson. "What's Queer About Race?." South Atlantic Quarterly 106.3 (2007): 477-484. Academic Search Elite. Web. 2 May 2016.

Gunther, Scott. "Alors, are we 'Queer' Yet?" The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide XII.3 (2005): 23. ProQuest. Web. 2 May 2016.

Kanner, Melinda. "Questions for Queer Eye." The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide XI.2 (2004): 35. ProQuest. Web. 6 May 2016.

"Queer Nation NY History." Queer Nation NY. Web. 06 May 2016. < http://queernationny.org/history >.

Comments

First of all, I think your subject is really amazing and even though I am not use to the word “Queer” I would love to see what you found about it. Your abstract made me think about an article I have written earlier this semester about discrimination called Being Straight does not Give you the Rights to discriminate People who are Not! Even though the data of that article is a little bit old, I think the subject was very actual. It is more about the classical style as Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, etc. it does not mention Queer, but I think it is still relevant. Moreover, as this is the abstract of your essay and you had not done any volunteering about it and I see that your are informed about this subject, I would suggest you to be part of an organization about the LGBTQ+ or to do some conference for young people about the subject to help them understand correctly that word. Again, nice work, I would have like to read your essay.
The link of my article: http://www.newsactivist.com/en/news-summary/champlain-college-2016-newsa...