Thanks to Donald Trump and his hateful rhetoric, we are already beginning to see a world of undesirable hatefulness. It hurts me to see it already happening, like a nightmare is becoming real. I feel nervous when I see news articles with claims of hurtful graffiti, notes, videos of trump supporters spreading awful ideologies, religious apologists and all round dotty individuals with obvious mental health issues.
When we see words used against the most vulnerable of our society, it is easy to get insulted quick, to get mad and lose your mind. It's understandable to loose hope and see it all as a collapse of moral decency. Yet, shouldn't we stay strong? This should all do the exact opposite of what the haters want to to do. They want you to be hurt and give up, then they win. These people are hardly even human anymore, they are some kind of demonic evil that loves to make life hard and unfair for minorities. Yes, words can be powerful, but we decide as a group the meaning. It makes sense that we should maybe change the way we think about the use of these words. The words they use are insulting because they have a meaning that our society deems as insulting. The words themselves will never be able to hurt anyone just being words. so it is the meaning of these words, the implied message and the context in which they are used that we should pay special attention to.
why don't we make these words our own? Take the meaning and flip it on it's head. Give the words a feeling of inclusivity. We should be making the use of these words a civilised thing, not create a sense of acidity when they are used. That only does one thing and that is make the words a powerful weapon for horrible beings to use against us. Basically i'm saying we should never give these people the opportunity to insult us with just words. You may notice that i am not using such words in this article and I do this for an important reason. I want to wait. I need to get this message across first, a statement I think is important. It would not be appropriate to use these words yet, despite what I have said previous, because they are still hurtful to some. So why would i want to use them when I don't actually really need to. Then i guess a powerful way to get the message across would be for me to take charge and use this article to give examples of ways we could practically come together and #TakeBackTheSlurs
The reason to use these words as casually as we can is to take the power of the words away from their users. It makes the insults weak. For example, the use of 'queen' when talking about a gay person is actually seen as a powerful compliment now. I personally would love to be called queen, in the context of being made to feel superior or special in some way. This is also true for me personally in the word 'faggot' because my best friend would call me this in a friendly, supportive way. It may seem shocking to many, but when the words are not intended to be insulting or passive aggressive in any way they work to be more like compliments than insults.
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