The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119441   Message #2590613
Posted By: Richard Bridge
16-Mar-09 - 08:09 PM
Thread Name: Homophobia in Playground Rhymes
Subject: RE: Homophobia in Playground Rhymes
The pejorative nature of the reference "gay" is imho solely derived from homophobia and while not myself gay I object to the reference.

It is also rather worrying that I have no recollection of similar homophobic playground rhymes when I was (properly) myself in playgrounds. If my memory is reliable then the homophobia is recent, and contrary to the perception that I had in the 60s and 70s of a social tendency against homophobia.

Part of the undesirable reference of course lies in conflating paedophilia with homosexuality.

Personal attack deleted.