Week 7 - Language and Sexuality

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  • Primary focus: sexuality = sexual orientation, sexual identity
  • language is the expressions used in various languages to label and categorize people on the basis of their sexual identity

Is there a Gay language? or voice?

  • Homosexual slang eg. Dyke, Bitch, Kiki
  • Slight lisp, melodity, nasaly?
  • Not enough studies to show that this is actually proven. Other studies found no correlation
  • Not all gay men have “the voice”, and not everyone who has “the voice” is gay

Constructing a Lesbian Identity

  • Draw stereotypes from within and from outside the community

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