Mo (mofic) wrote,
Mo
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Queer Terms That Annoy

I was motivated by a post on niennah's journal, where she expressed distaste for the term "homosex" to try a poll.

Poll #1058344 Queer Words That Bother You

Which of the following words or usages of words rub you the wrong way?

Homosex
2(6.5%)
Gay, when used as a noun
0(0.0%)
Sexual Preference
0(0.0%)
Lifestyle
2(6.5%)
Queer
0(0.0%)
Dyke
0(0.0%)
Fag
1(3.2%)
Gay Marriage
0(0.0%)

Which of the following terms bother you when used to identify a member of a committed same-sex couple?

Lover
0(0.0%)
Partner
1(3.2%)
Significant Other
0(0.0%)
Roommate
5(16.1%)
Friend
1(3.2%)
Spouse
0(0.0%)
Girlfriend or Boyfriend
0(0.0%)
Husband or Wife
1(3.2%)

Of the ones above that rub you the wrong way, do they

Bother you when used by straight people
4(12.1%)
Bother you when used in mixed (i.e. queer and non-queer) company
1(3.0%)
Bother you when used non-ironically by anybody
16(48.5%)
Bother you when used by anyone for any purpose
12(36.4%)



Please feel free to expand on your views in comments. I'll give mine after I see some results.

ETA: I'm a doofus when it comes to polls. I realized, in trying to fill it out myself, that some terms could bother one in certain contexts and others in different contexts and still others in all contexts. So feel free to complain about that in comments and also to explain which terms bother you in which.
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