Publication details for Dr Mark McCormackMcCormack, M. (2011). Mapping the terrain of homosexually-themed language. Journal of Homosexuality 58(5): 664-679.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0091-8369 (print), 1540-3602 (electronic)
- DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2011.563665
- Keywords: Homosexuality, Language, Discourse, Gay, Fag, Model.
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In this article, I present a new model for understanding homosexually-themed language. By detailing how old conceptualizations of homophobic language no longer maintain heuristic utility in explaining the social dynamics of many sport and educational settings, I situate other conceptualizations of homosexually-themed language depending on the cultural context. I argue that whether language is considered homophobic, or whether it is better conceptualized as fag discourse, gay discourse or pro-gay language, is primarily dependent on the homohysteria of a setting. This model should enable scholars and educators to understand the operation of homosexually-themed language in society and properly evaluate the homophobia of a setting.