This is a special end of the week contribution from Sparky, of Spark in Darkness
Ok so Dan Savage and the colluders at GOProud are having a little imbroglio over the useage of the slur f@ggot.
I’ve made it clear before what my stance is on slurs – I find them completely and utterly unacceptable. Slurs serve to dehumanise
I also am not even remotely a fan of reclaiming, though I recognise that as a personal choice and leave it up to people to self-reference as they wish.
I have also made it clear I do not think insulting uses of slurs are reclaiming. It’s reclaiming to take their weapons and use them to reinforce and strengthen yourself. It’s not reclaiming to take their weapons and then USE them against your fellows. Reclaiming is beating the swords into armour, it’s not taking those swords and doing the stabbing yourself.