posted on Nov, 8 2013 @ 10:42 AM
Colorado College defends use of "queer" on
Job hunting online recently from his home in Pennsylvania, John Kichi received something of a shock when he came upon an opening at Colorado College.
An optional question seeking gender information listed five choices:
And the fifth — Queer.
Needless to say there has been a lot of outrage over the word "Queer" being found on a job application.
So the problem is this word a derogatory or a Semantic shift by the LGBT community?
Since its emergence in the English language in the 16th century (related to the German quer, meaning "across, at right angle, diagonally or
transverse"), queer has generally meant "strange", "unusual", or "out of alignment". It might refer to something suspicious or "not quite right", or
to a person with mild derangement or who exhibits socially inappropriate behaviour.
The story itself is rather bland something I would have just glanced over...
However reader comments are rather colorful
One poster wrote
Maybe Colorado College can assist OTHERS in reclaiming words to "describe themselves".
I'm sure people would be more than pleased to see the school use "Dark*e", "Be*ner", "W*p", "K*ke" , "M*ck', "P*lack", and "R*ssky" .
So again a single word has everyone in an uproar...
Is "Queer" a PC term to use to define a sexual orientation or an outdated Victorian era slur?
I will admit than in this 21st century we do need more than just "Male and Female" gender boxes but is "Queer a gender or a preference?
As for me I'm straight but still find the use of the word 'Queer' offensive when used to describe a person. especially when I command such a large and
colorful collection of derogatoriness to describe a persons idiotic behavior
edit on 8-11-2013 by HardCorps because: (no reason
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