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WORD OF THE WEEK – QUEER

December 22, 2022

A LONG-DEAD relative of mine used to use this word loosely to describe people she considered different, incomprehensible and unfathomable, as in “queer kid”, not in any way to address their sexuality or gender but just to point out their eccentric, different nature as it appeared to her. “Queer”, like “Gay”, are now best-known as politically appropriated words mainly to unite people of certain sexual proclivities under a common snappy name but originally “Queer” meant odd and “Gay” meant joyful.

A good night’s entertainment for my relative might have been at a Danny La Rue show where the grand dame of drag camped it up by dressing up in women’s clothes and doing song and dance routines while winking mischievously at audience members safely in on the joke so able to have a gay time without being considered queer.

The 1970s was a strange, offensive decade which, in some ways, prepared us for the postmodern revolution my relative and dear old Danny did not live to see and live through (perhaps thankfully).

A revolution which would weaponise the word “queer” in a way she and Danny La Rue himself (a homosexual who spent much of his life in denial and deceit due to it being a criminal act for much of his life so he would have been imprisoned) would never have been able to comprehend.

This introduction will hopefully help you to understand that different words are used differently by different generations and that its meaning to one generation may be totally incomprehensible and/or offensive to another one (language is organic and changes and adapts with time). It is further complicated by the fact that it has a number of different meanings and can be used in a number of different contexts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queer

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queer

In these word definitions, I am, of course, concerned overwhelmingly with the militant motives of postmodernist academics who have invaded and conquered our universities to indoctrinate from a Social Justice perspective to produce permanently offended clones rather than actually teach open, impressionable minds by encouraging free, truly diverse and wide debate. I am grateful to Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay for educating and enlightening me about this new, sinisterly Stalinist development which threatens to strangle free speech and common sense with an engulfing rapidly growing spread of suffocating, silencing and sentencing roots and branches which now actively make it an offence to speak and write openly, as a contact of mine who still teaches at Cardiff University recently found out when he had the temerity to speak his mind thinking that an educational establishment would be just the place for open, uncensored debate and discussion.

Crucial to that process of offensive thought and word policing currently in vogue is the requirement to repeat rampant remonstrances to anyone who wields words in the way my late relative might have which today, unlike yesterday, carry new menace and offense to the extent that, now, we avoid and censor to evade remonstrance from these angry liberals.

So, additions since the 1970s – when “queer” was either an insult or a description – have introduced a completely new definition of a person whose gender identity is non-binary or differs from the sex they had or were identified as having at birth.

A “queer” as a noun may now be a man or a woman who reject binary (see last week’s word) measurement systems of gender and sexuality, i.e. female and male, homosexual and straight, and see instead multiple dimensions, possibilities and directions for everyone.

“Queer” as a transitive verb means to consider or interpret from a perspective that rejects traditional concepts of gender and sexuality so you can now “queer” something which many people may find neither odd nor joyful (a married man and woman) apart from you.

These completely new definitions are the result of what is termed Queer Theory and Queer Studies – the roots of which are in French Foucaldian and Derridean postmodernist philosophy adapted and adopted aggressively to control and coerce by west coast American university campus black activist radical feminist, race, sex and gender grievance-based liberals, who currently hold the conch.

Dictionary definitions, of course, are themselves tools of oppression and colonisation to them, so much of the work they have decided to do has been in challenging and changing the dictionary. Not only that, of course, but punishing and persecuting people who refuse to accept their modified modern versions.

I’m going to end this post now because I’m starting to feel a little queer.

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