Out of curiosity, reblog this if you are LGBT+ and are uncomfortable being called ‘Queer’.
Immensely. It’s still used as a slur, and depending on which part of the world you’re in, it can be a very powerful word with a lot of negativity and even triggers attached to it. Even my horrifyingly homophobic stepfather has very rarely used the word because he’s not a violent person and in the UK its connotations are so strong, particularly within the lower classes.
I dislike this idea that there are people reclaiming a slur (and those people include allies or heteroromantic asexuals) without having been on the receiving end of the damage it causes. I also have problems with a lot of “queer culture”, because rather than creating a sense of belonging (which there is nothing wrong with) and fighting for human rights (which is obviously a very good thing), it is politicised in ways that actually make a lot of LGBT people feel alienated. Plus I find that a lot of it is based on extreme sexualisation which I fail to find “empowering”, because the world reduces LGBT people to their sexuality and/or gender all the time. And the pressure for your whole life to be a political statement is, again, something within “queer culture” that mirrors the real world.
It’s an identifier that gets forced on people who don’t want it, despite identity being such a key feature of these queer politics. It is also given to non-LGBT people as a “neutral catch-all term”, which it categorically is not, and there is a whole other level on which I am profoundly uncomfortable with being referred to as “queer”, or any other homophobic slur, by straight people.
So yeah, it’s a slur, it’s gross, it has political connotations I hate, and people are still being called it in some really awful circumstances.
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