Let’s re­claim this word hi­jacked by ho­mo­phobes

Irish Independent - - The Week -

LAST night, as my wife and I were ag­o­nis­ing over whether we should ban our grand­chil­dren from lis­ten­ing to ‘Fairytale of New York’, I men­tioned that, in the Long­ford of my youth, ‘fag­got’ was used as a term of con­tempt, de­ri­sion and abuse by women to­wards other women, as in “that stuck-up oul’ fag­got”.

She re­called that when she was young in Clones, her mother of­ten called her a “bould lit­tle fag­got”. Per­haps it’s time to re­claim the word from the ho­mo­phobes. Tom Far­rell

Swords, Co Dublin

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