So not many people use the 'f-word' here (faggot) because A: just, noone does, and B: you can actually buy these weird mini-haggis type things called faggots, so it really doesn't have the same kind of meaning here. We know what it means, but its just not widely used.
See below: a picture of some pork faggots in gravy (similar to a pack my friend Laura bought me once, as my nickname is/was 'Brain')
So anyway, I get the feeling that it's a huge deal over there compared to here. And it is quite harsh sounding and I doubt anyone would relish being called it as an insult implying their gayness or otherwise.
But the reason I am bringing it up is cause I was discussing if it is on the same sort of a level with 'the N-word' (nigger) which again is not so huge a deal here as it is there. It is still a big deal, but there it seems world-changing. It's not widely used here, yet everyone knows what it means, and blah blah blah.
Anyway, is it?? Should we even give these words this magical power by giving them 'letter-word' status? I don't think people should censor themselves, or be censored by others as that gives whatever they want to say the special power of taboo. If everyone said nigger all day long, it would lose its shock-power, wouldn't it? Or if everyone stopped using it maybe it would stop being used all together and we would all be able to move on.
Maybe in 50 years people will think it is a quaint reminder of the past, like pickaninny, gollywog and wog are today. but then ARE those quaint? In any event, they are laughed at in a sort of 'oh, you! *shakes head fondly*' sort of a way.
This has no special point that I am trying to make, I am just pondering over it. In regards to the 'n-word'- I think it is kind of hard to expect people to not use it and for people to hold it in this special box of bad words, when certain parts of the population ARE allowed to use it. its selfish for one thing. I don't know. I guess that sounds racist of me. I get that if you feel like you are being labelled something you would want to take that label and own it. So fair enough I guess. Gosh I don't know. It kind of provokes tourette-ish behaviour to act like that though- don't think of elephants!!!
uh, I don't know how much sense this makes. But it's my blog, dammit! I shall post anon.