"We are surrounded on every hand with contemptible behavior that needs a word to describe it. The kids have found one, and so let them run with it."

Douglas Wilson says “That’s So Gay”

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Diane Heeney's picture

It is interesting to me that kids were using this term in this same derogatory manner back when I was in high school (late 70's)....and that was before "tolerance" was a buzz word.

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Rev Karl's picture

Pastor Linscott, I have no desire to be disrespectful in any way when I say that the first thing that came to my mind on reading the title of this thread (and subsequently, the link) was:

1 Corinthians 13:11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Greg Linscott's picture

That's fine- but the point Wilson is making is not a defense of the usage of the term as much as it is noting that the "knock it off" response for this term is out of proportion, to say the least. As Wilson noted:

Just imagine the partnership for a drug-free America talking that way. "Smoking weed, you poor sap? Knock it off." Or an ad campaign addressing teen illegitimacy . . . "Look, sweetheart, you are just fifteen. Knock it off." Ah, well. One has one's dreams.

Instead, we have a PSA campaign rebuking young people who say "that's so gay."

Greg Linscott
Marshall, MN