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Dastard Stepchild Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 08:43 PM
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112. This is an interesting conversation, actually....
I am a B in the GLBTQ spectrum, and have a number of friends falling underneath all the other little letters. We have had numerous talks about reclaiming "queer" and "faggot" and "dyke" and "fencesitter", with some of us feeling as though this is a liberatory practice and others finding it to be a painful rehashing of negative experiences in their life.

I remember Dave Chapelle speaking about this when he was questioned on his use of the word "nigger" in his act and on his show. That kicked off a fresh round of conversation between myself and my friends. We also talked about our comfort or discomfort in non-GLBTQ people using these terms around us, even if friends. Again, some felt fine with it and others were conflicted.

I suppose I don't have any real point to this post, other than to mention that your comment above reminded me of many conversations I have had about the power of words to offend, to empower, to define and to create or destroy solidarity.

Cheers from your friendly online fencesitter! :)

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