Over time I have mentioned how words have an effect, one that is far greater than perhaps physical abuse does. Seems that some understand that point and when those who are suddenly faced with the reality of it all, they don’t like it. If you read any of my commentaries, ‘What Words Mean’ , ‘Battles Lost’, and ‘It Is Not Hypothetical’ you might understand this a bit more.
One of the main arguements in my tiff over at that adult board, was that the word is used for other things in today’s culture, and that it has no harmful effects. My point being that it most certainly does, when a word is taken that means ‘happy’ to suddenly become ‘dirty’ it rubs off on all of the meanings. When something means one thing, then suddenly is used to refer to the exact opposite, there simply is no up side to it.
“It bothers them a lot,” Byard said. “As odd or funny as the phrase sounds, imagine what it feels like to be in a setting where you consistently hear it used to describe something undesirable or stupid, and it also refers to you.” (story)
Just one more reason that clearly illustrates why we need to include homosexuality in any anti bullying campaign. Should the school have turfed the kid? No I think instead it should have educated her on why she was in trouble. I think the whole ‘expulsion’ concept used in schools is wrong, as it does not solve the issues. It merely transfers them elsewhere.
Be interesting to see what the Judge rules and why.