“I know what it’s like when people tease you relentlessly about (being gay), and I know what it’s like when society assumes that you’re something when you were born differently,” said Abe Sargent in his article The Kitchen Table #394 – Ending Homophobia In Magic.
This article describes a personal story of how sometimes words can negatively affect someone and how even though words have been somewhat “socialized” into our culture. This article attacks the idea of how words that are used in the game magic to insult someone can actually be really offensive slurs that will demean an entire population of people. Terms such as “Gay” or “fag” have been socialized to be just an insult to someone versus what it actually is, a word that is used to insult a whole community of people; the LGBT community.
In the end Abe uses a P.S. to explain his disdain with the word homophobia and how it is incorrect on both suffixes. Homo implies same so it is does not encompass Trangendered people and the suffix phobia implies a fear which justifies their actions. This short paragraph correlates with the other article referenced in my previous blog post.