When angry why use the word faggot?
Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended for one game after using a homophobic slur twice during last night’s game. He stated that “emotions got the best” of him. Yet when I am miffed I do resort to sexual bricks.
So what might we ponder tonight concerning this matter?
In a friendly back-and-forth on Facebook I challenged someone to justify using the term “sissifying” when speaking about how a football player/team was performing on the field to the use of the word ‘sissy’ that a child in school might use to taunt others. How is one less corrosive than the other, and why is it better for an adult to speak in such ways as opposed to a kid? And do not kids learn from watching and listening to how adults act?
If the argument is that words should be allowed no matter what than we still would, as a society, see no problem with using ‘nigger’, ‘coon’ ‘half-breed’, and “jap’ in our daily conversations. Clearly those words are no longer acceptable anywhere, and rightly so. But if those words are deemed wrong how can it take such a leap to understand that using words such as ‘faggot’ is also wrong.
Everyday people use words wisely, and so I have to laugh when I sometimes hear that someone is ‘unable to speak freely’ as there are too many rules about needing to use politically-correct speech. That is just a cop-out for acting with civility in modern-day society.
In the lunchroom at the average workplace no one starts up a conversation about the ‘hooters’ on the lady who sits at the front office desk. No one can just get on a plane and say they are carrying a bomb and think such word choice is allowed, or walk into a theatre and cry “fire!”
Words have weight and if we are to live in a society where the hope of coming together is to exist at all we need to be aware of the impact of the words we use. I use to speak before groups of constituents when working in the state assembly and was always aware of the audience I was in front of to push the right message by using the right words.
The use of words is key to everything we do. Being an adult is knowing how to employ the best use of words. It also means understanding the power our words carry for both good and bad.