Joined: May 2006
|Quote (Zarquon @ Nov. 29 2011,18:55)|
|You guys post reams and reams of homophobic bullshit e.g. "HOMO" and sexist crap and you are complaining about the tone on Pharyngula?. Get your own fucking house in order, then complain.|
In fairness, you may not be aware of the history of the HOMO insult that gets tossed around here, so let me explain it.
It got its start as part of Richardthughes' tardologues, the all-caps parodies of Davescot's bombastic commenting style and entirely overblown machismo. For a time, the tardologue became the means by which the regular commenters would engage in good natured banter with each other.
Over time, however, the tardologue has evolved (for example, k.e. is still a savant level practitioner of the tardologue, though he has dispensed with the all-caps.) Further, some elements of the tardologue have seemed to permanently enter the local lexicon. One such example is the reference to a certain Uncommon Descent contributor as a morphodyke, a term borrowed, directly and originally, from Davescot.
The use of the term "homo," and various other such terms that implicate the sexual orientation of insult's recipient, follows in that tradition and is more properly viewed as a satire on the homophobia of retrograde knuckleheads like Davescot, rather than as an indication of the actual homophobia of the speaker.
EDIT: For clarity and punctumation.
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