Skip to main content

OK, OK. So there's this diary on the rec list. I'll provide a link to it, but this is not a call-out to the diarist. The diarist published the diary, and has yet to show up in the comments. It's a post-and-run, and it's a really good diary, but it's problematic.

This diarist apparently wanted to convey that coming out of the military in the health care end of it, he heard that anyone who wanted to work in government healthcare as a healthcare worker would be, among other things, a "total fag". Except "total fag" was not in quotes. It was just total fag.

Several of us found that offensive, and worse, found the diary marred by an unnecessary and easily misunderstood homophobic epithet. Several pleas were made to the diarist to edit the diary to reflect his experience, rather than what looked, at first glance, like an unnecessary use of the word "fag". As of this moment, 85 people have recommended this diary.

Interestingly, those of us who--understanding the importance of this diary--called upon the diarist to make some editorial changes surrounding the use of that highly offensive word were accused of "hijacking" and worse, being "self-righteous ninnies" who would censor literature. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Those of us who objected to this wanted the diary to succeed. We felt that the usage could put people off and lead the conversation away from the intent of the diarist. It did.

To those who felt that some of us did not get the "context", well, many of us did. For some of us, the larger concern was that the vagueness surrounding the usage lacked proper context. To those who would say "get over it", well, I wonder how some would react to other racial, gender-based and ethnic slurs being used in a way which looked more casual than on purpose.

I'm very disappointed in those who defended this usage, and even more so in those who have told us to "get over it" or even accused those of us who objected to wanting to Bowdlerize literature. Daily Kos diaries are not literature, unless, I suppose there is a literature tag. This diary did not have one. The LGBT community has been told to "get over it" quite a bit in recent years, including here on Daily Kos. It is not up to community standards to use this language without making it clear that there is a good reason to do so. For those who say "get over it", I say "really?"

I am still appalled. Put the "n" word, the "c" word (both the one that refers to a woman and the one that refers to certain Asians) or a multitude of others in that diary, and I wonder: how many Kossacks would have approved?

Let's raise our standards a bit, shall we?

Originally posted to commonmass on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:16 AM PDT.

Also republished by Sexism and Patriarchy and Angry Gays.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Renee, Phoenix Woman, Radiowalla, Brainwrap, jam, houndcat, Avila, Shockwave, LuvSet, dsb, saluda, science, lotusmaglite, grover, bdizz, opinionated, Ian S, CoolOnion, sngmama, thea lake, wader, wordene, potatohead, texasmom, Steven Payne, Kalil, Kitsap River, Black Max, lyvwyr101, Emmy, rmx2630, davidkc, CPT Doom, historys mysteries, Bluesee, rose quartz, SherwoodB, Tonedevil, PBen, labwitchy, triciawyse, YucatanMan, Laurence Lewis, cris0000, pasadena beggar, chancew, jcitybone, Carnivorous Plantling, Tool, brentut5, Shotput8, mph2005, kathny, Shirl In Idaho, esquimaux, gwilson, Medium Head Boy, virgomusic, tonyahky, rl en france, kestrel9000, Audri, KenBee, VictorLaszlo, fiddler crabby, fou, bubbanomics, gooderservice, tommyfocus2003, SingerInTheChoir, Texdude50, Statusquomustgo, blueintheface, ms badger, slksfca, Nulwee, liberaldemdave, NonnyO, Tamar, One Pissed Off Liberal, Sapere aude, BeninSC, Habitat Vic, rchipevans, bigjacbigjacbigjac, EdSF, aravir, edsbrooklyn, FishOutofWater, tbirchard, Matt Z, gustynpip, sfbob, joedemocrat, bnasley, jayden, ubertar, millwood, Rumarhazzit, uciguy30, Keith930, gizmo59, jgilhousen, rogerdaddy, bkamr, Lasgalen Lothir, ChocolateChris, Chacounne, skohayes, Cassandra Waites, pickandshovel, bluesheep, Gemina13, matching mole, luckylizard, mattc129, nokkonwud, Parthenia, magicsister, DavidW, CA coastsider, JBL55, oldliberal, Boudicia Dark, LeftOfYou, janmtairy, FrugalGranny, WakeUpNeo, DefendOurConstitution, Remediator, Birddroppings, billssha, civil wingnut, Munchkn, sfarkash, strangedemocracy, jpmassar, porchdog1961, Lefty Ladig, ruscle, FogCityJohn, TFinSF, GreenDog, Observerinvancouver, Rustbelt Dem, Lost and Found, alguien, mjbleo, ATFILLINOIS, Dexter, Eddie L, NYWheeler, ffour, MsGrin, ericlewis0, stevenaxelrod, Actbriniel, annieli, Jasel, yellow cosmic seed, mama jo, ozsea1, cv lurking gf, southernmapper, BillyElliott, itzik shpitzik, SoCaliana, Alice Olson, grannysally, Sabazinus, slooterdam, marigold, CherryTheTart, antimony, randomfacts, SoCalSal, kareylou, DEMonrat ankle biter, GenXangster, stormicats, WaryLiberal, Flying Goat, Williston Barrett, Chrislove, teachered, SilverWillow, The Nephew, a2nite, Deep Texan, JGibson, Horace Boothroyd III, mapamp, peachcreek, Free Jazz at High Noon, reginahny, MartyM, Murphoney, pittie70, OllieGarkey, jeannew, mumtaznepal, fauve, Hammerhand, Panacea Paola, koosah, quince, Bud Fields, ljcrazyhistorian, Southcoast Luna, patchmo13, parsonsbeach, howabout, LaraJones, Mannie, Smoh, Avilyn, blue91, sjburnman

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site