Yeah, again, we're talking about (ethnic, class, sexual, etc.) slurs, not the word "fuck". (Which, by the way, is only so versatile in English because it took the place of both hell
in so many English epithets after religious cursing started becoming less taboo than bodily-function cursing. If it were restricted to cases where the sexual meaning actually makes sense, we'd have few f-word-containing epithets outside of "motherfucker" and "go fuck yourself".)
Pinker wrote: If you're an English speaker, you can't hear the words nigger or cunt or fucking [Jew] without calling to mind what they mean to an implicit community of speakers, including the emotions that cling to them. To hear nigger is to try on, however briefly, the thought that there is something contemptible about African Americans, and thus to be complicit in a community that standardized that judgment by putting it into a word.
Quoting this again because people seem to have missed the point the first time, if subsequent responses are any indication. I don't like to hear white people say "nigger" because I don't like being forced
to call to mind the racist connotations it bears. I don't want to be forced to try on the thought that African Americans are somehow contemptible. And the same goes for "fag", "slut", and any number of other slurs.Using 'gay' as a pejorative does exactly the same thing, by the way.
Using it to mean "happy", or to simply mean "homosexual", is fine. Any usage of that word automatically calls to mind homosexuality in the vast majority
of hearers. And so any usage of "gay" to mean "bad" automatically calls to my mind *both* "homosexuality", from the word meaning itself, and "bad", from the obvious negative context.
And so I would kindly ask you to fucking quit doing that shit.
Unless stated otherwise, I do not care
whether a statement, by itself, constitutes a persuasive political argument. I care whether it's true.
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