Matthew Gordon GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Fri Jun 13 19:27:19 UTC 2003

Some evidence of the increasing acceptance of "fag" is found in the TV
show _Will and Grace_. I have been surprised to hear it there from
straight characters and not always in a friendly way.
By contrast I can't imagine a primetime sitcom featuring white
characters using the n-word.

Arnold Zwicky wrote:

>as for "fag(got)", i'm on record, in the june issue of Out magazine,
>as being in favor of reclaiming it too.  actually, i report on its
>ongoing reclamation, and also on other semantic changes.  i myself
>have no problem with its use in front of, or by, outsiders, so long as
>i recognize them as basically friendly.  once again, there are those
>who object to any such use; one spokesperson for GLAAD is even on
>record as maintaining that the word should be banned, not used by
>*anyone*, but, i think, this position strikes most lgb people as

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