Saturday, 23 February 2008

The Truth About Gay

In addition to its original and continuing senses of "merry, lively" and "bright or showy," gay has had various senses dealing with sexual conduct since the 17th century. A gay woman was a prostitute, a gay man a womanizer, a gay house a brothel. This sexual world included 'homosexually-inclined' men too, as their willingness to disregard conventional or respectable sexual mores were "carefree and uninhibited" (i.e. "gay"). [1]

With such confusion and psychological turmoil attached to the word, I'm glad I never moved from gay = happy.

It's not homophobia to be grumpy at the co-opting of a formerly perfectly useful word. (Suzanne Thackston)

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