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Homophobic language isn’t always meant to be hurtful, but how often do we use it without thinking?
In the words of a friend: "Strangely hypnotic, like watching civilization decline before your very eyes."
But in about 120 seconds of watching (couldn't really take more), I also saw casual racism (what else is it when an Asian-looking tweeter calls someone "n****"?), casual misogyny (what else is it when someone calls a woman a "fat c***"?), even though obviously the site wasn't filtering for those.
So this makes me wonder:
We no longer tolerate racist language, we’re getting better at dealing with sexist language, but sadly we’re still not actively addressing homophobic and transphobic language in our society.
Is there really a need to set up a contrast like that, of very questionable accuracy IMO, in order to advance the conversation about how to actively address homophobic and transphobic language?
If this isn't the right place for this observation, and I'm not sure one way or the other, I'll move or just delete it.
I will re-activate / commandeer this thread for a moment to put in a plug for the film Dallas Buyers Club. Its a powerful presentation of the "based on a real-story" life of Ron Woodroff a homophobic and generally unpleasant rodeo cowboy in the 1980s who is diagnosed with AIDS and is given a 30 day prognosis. Woodroff is forced to secure medical treatment (read 'drugs') through non-conventional if not illegal means, - and the film covers the related struggles of pushing back against Big Pharma, the setting up of the Dallas Buying Club (which could "sell memberships but not drugs") - and Woodruff's evolving relationship with a clientele of primarlly gay clients.
Its not a pleasant film to watch, - and there have certainly been criticisms of the film for focusing on "a redneck bigot [as] the unlikely savior to a generation of gay men." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-mulcahey/dallas-buyers-club_b_4262093.html
Still, I think its a great film on a key political struggle of the 1980s, and Matthew McConaughey could well be Oscar bound.