Whenever a peer calls their heterosexual friend “queer” in a negative context, I’m going to call them out on it. Why in the world is that acceptable for people? Using “queer” as a jeer is extremely stupid and inconsiderate among many other things. First off, it’s casting this notion that being queer is negative. Sexuality is different for every person, and it’s not something you can often pinpoint by appearance or rare interactions. Secondly, it’s none of anyone’s god damn business what they identify as unless they want you to know. So stop calling people “queer” because you’re an ignorant idiot who has a hell of a lot of growing up to do. Thankfully, he apologized about it, and I hoping that it might make him think twice about doing it again.
Today in my seminar class my professor made an interesting point. One aspect of being a feminist or someone who had studied Gender Studies is that we can see a lot of crazy stuff going on in this world and that we have response to a lot of things. Sometimes people are dismissive of our disagreements, but we respond to these things because we do see a lot of crap and who’s going to point it out if we don’t?
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French singer Mohini Geisweiller, after Carven, Paris, March 2012. (image: vanessajackman)