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Thread #119441   Message #2590556
Posted By: Azizi
16-Mar-09 - 06:52 PM
Thread Name: Homophobia in Playground Rhymes
Subject: RE: Homophobia in Playground Rhymes
bubblyrat, I really don't agree with your comments.

My daughter teaches kindergarten. Children in her classes are already calling other kids "gay" in a putdown manner.

I believe that kids are getting these attitudes from the mass media, from some other kids, and also from some adults. And yes, apparentally, they are getting those attitudes from, and incorporating those attitudes into their playground rhymes.

In my opinion, adults who believe that it is wrong to stigmatize populations of people for any reason have a responsibility to let children know that doing so-even "for fun"- is not only is hurtful to people who happen to fall in those populations, but ultimately, is hurtful to society as a whole.