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J Homosex. 2011;58(5):664-79. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2011.563665.

Mapping the terrain of homosexually-themed language.

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School of Sport and Education, Brunel University, Middlesex, UK. Mark.McCormack@Brunel.ac.uk

Abstract

In this article, I present a new model for understanding homosexually-themed language. By detailing how old conceptualizations of homophobic language no longer maintain heuristic utility in explaining the social dynamics of many sport and educational settings, I situate other conceptualizations of homosexually-themed language depending on the cultural context. I argue that whether language is considered homophobic, or whether it is better conceptualized as fag discourse, gay discourse or pro-gay language, is primarily dependent on the homohysteria of a setting. This model should enable scholars and educators to understand the operation of homosexually-themed language in society and properly evaluate the homophobia of a setting.

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21534076
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PMC3474138
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10.1080/00918369.2011.563665
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