I loathe this word because it is derogatory and used in a way to threaten, bully and dehumanize. I also hate that it is used in American culture to belittle any man who is viewed as having any stereotypical feminine attributes, like say compassion, tenderness or an affinity for a particular color etc. - in that regard it is also an indirect but potent slight to women. In fact, one of its earlier meanings was indeed a slight to women. One needs to understand the real etymology of the word and how it came to be used as it is today, predominantly in North America, to refer to a homosexual man - which is widely documented not to have come about until 1914, which I don’t think makes it any less reprehensible but it is a product of modernity which I find far more poignant; we tend to think we are more evolved than our ancestors but we are still capable of tremendous ignorance, hatred and brutality and we need to never loose mind of that because there are those among us today who, if given permission, would burn gay people or anyone else whose opinions or lifestyle they don’t like.
FUCKING YES GOD DAMN IT THIS IS FUCKING IMPORTANT
Can we just all take a moment to remember this? Hussein Chalayan at his finest!
Frederick Douglass was beautiful! Why is his portrait in the National Gallery in DC so lamely racially ambiguous?(that’s rhetorical)
A look at French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier and his work.