Mishalish Insight

Sunday, January 29, 2006

What Do We Say When We Hear "Faggot"? - Lenore Gordon

What a true article Gordon has written describing the lack of respect for homosexuality. Here she describes the way language has disrespected and slaundered homosexuals. She tells how most teens are unaware of what the words they use actually mean, and that with education, they often will discontinue the use of such language. Somehow, this language has become such a norm that no one really thinks much before spouting off "homo" etc. This in turn has created very strict sexual rules on roles, creating discomfort for those who do not quite fit "the norm."

I agree with Gordon. How often is a guy called gay if he enjoys poetry and chocolate? There is absoloutly nothing wrong with a male enjoying a few things that do not fit the strict masculine role. Gordon is right in that it is a part of the teacher's job to stop students from using such discrimatory language just as they would stop a student from using racial language.

I really enjoyed her examples of educating students in the classroom with such an issue. I think they would be very effective and will probably use some of them in my future classrooms. This article was intriguing and I would recommend any teacher to read it.

1 Comments:

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Jen said...

I definately agree with your point of view, Michelle. Barriers of gender, sexual preference and race have been broken and it is up to parents and educators to help bring understanding and acceptance.

 

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