Gay Mens Language

Why are Disney villains gay/queer?

video imagePlay video
This video addresses a problem in Disney films not addressed in Lippi-Green's 2012 paper: queer-coding of Disney villains. Disney commonly gives its villains stereotypically gay features, teaching children to associate homosexuality and immorality. While the video does not provide audio, I've provided some further links to queer-coded villains: King Candy (from Wreck-It Ralph): https://youtu.be/MVVeugPVD2Q Scar (from The Lion King: https://youtu.be/-8wgXRNYcPM

Posted by Aidan Malanoski on April 16, 2018

Tags:
Gay Mens Language;
Sexual Orientation;
Stigma

Chronic Uptalk Syndrome

video imagePlay video
A parody detailing the cycle of chronic uptalking

Posted by Kara Becker on October 4, 2017

Tags:
Gay Mens Language;
Womens Language;
High Rising Intonation

Gendered Language in "Beauty and the Beast"

The character LeFou in "Beauty and the Beast" recently caused some discussion about sexuality especially in a children's movie. LeFou is Gaston's sidekick and is portrayed as gay in the movie. Although there are no major changes in the character from the original movie, people are unhappy with Disney for having a gay character in the movie. Children watching the movie won't even notice the comments, language, or actions that are made or think twice about seeing two men dancing together. The image of the Beast and Gaston as manly and tough using so called man speech is seen as appropriate but LeFou dancing with another man or saying which team he prefers is seen as not okay for a man and has roots in socialization. Disney and other companies are trying to erase these and other stereotypes about gender and sexuality. But there will always be those who are upset and protest something that goes against the "standard norm" as they see it. [Published on 03-20-2017]

Posted by Emily Deason on May 6, 2017

Tags:
Standard Language Ideology;
Gay Mens Language

Key & Peele - Office Homophobe (Language of Homosexuality)

video imagePlay video
In many ways, Key and Peele focus on the concepts of stereotypes. In this video, the example is the perception of what is considered homosexual. Throughout the clip, it is demonstrated with one that has more focused effeminate inflection in his voice and does often associate heavily explicit material that manifests on the notion of language of homosexuality. Not only that, but the words and actions seem to be taken offense based on the entire argument of being persecuted for the actions of explicit material in the workplace. By the end, it shows that both individuals are homosexual with one following the stereotypes of language and body language of what societies perception of a homosexual and a more rea based homosexual in the same workplace. This demonstrates the notion many people have a perception of what is considered “natural” in language and people when focusing on the stereotype put effort to build around a language that deviates from the “norm.” Linguistically people have built perceptions about the culture behind various cultures and let the bias remain unchanged until something challenges the ideology. Here it is the perceptions of actions, body language, and various tones and words used that look to stereotype homosexuality.

Posted by Scott Bagley on May 4, 2017

Tags:
Ideology;
Gay Mens Language;
Sexual Orientation

Response to "What it Means to Sound Gay" (LanguageLog)

Reed professor Sameer ud Dowla Khan's open letter response to NPR interview with filmmaker and speech pathologist from film project "Do I sound gay?" (transcript of interview found at link). Sameer describes how linguistic features do not necessarily link directly to social category (as is seen in indexical models) to problematize the concept of "natural"-ness in speech. (Compare with research done by Gaudio, Rudolph. 1994. Sounding gay: pitch properties in the speech of gay and straight men; especially re:criticisms of other studies made in introduction pp. 34-41). [Published on 07-10-2015]

Gay Men React to Lesbian Slang

video imagePlay video
This video shows a bunch of different gay men trying to decipher what different types of lesbian slang mean. They also go in to what their own gay slang is as well while trying to understand lesbian slang.

Posted by Matt Kaufman on March 8, 2016

Tags:
Ideology;
Gay Mens Language;
Sexual Orientation;
Womens Language;
Slang

"Do I Sound Gay?" A Documentary about Gay Speech

This is a documentary about the speech of gay men and how they view their language not only in terms of their own identity, but also in terms of how they are portrayed in society. [Published on 09-07-2014]

Posted by Caroline Wright on March 8, 2016

Tags:
Gay Mens Language;
Sexual Orientation;
Communities of Practice;
Stigma

Do I Sound Gay? Trailer

video imagePlay video
I'm not sure if this has been shared already, but here is the trailer for a documentary about gay men's voices that came out recently. The documentary came out recently, that is.

Posted by Riley Thornton on November 11, 2015

Tags:
Gay Mens Language

Sassy Gay Friend in Eden

video imagePlay video
Sassy Gay Friend was mentioned in the Campbell-Kibler, so I thought I'd contribute my favorite. Definitely a good example of the stereotypical "sounding gay".

Posted by Miriam Gölz on November 9, 2015

Tags:
Gay Mens Language

Filmmaker and Speech Pathologist weigh in on what it means to "sound gay"

An episode of Fresh Air, profiling a filmmaker who made a documentary about sounding gay, as well as an interview with a speech pathologist who makes a number of troubling comments about features of youth language, including high rising terminals, creaky voice, and discourse markers. [Published on 07-05-2015]

Lexicon Valley: What does it mean to sound gay?

A Lexicon Valley episode on sounding gay, with Benjamin Munson. [Published on 12-01-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on December 8, 2014

Tags:
Gay Mens Language;
Sexual Orientation

Second City: Sassy Gay Friend

video imagePlay video
a humor sketch from the Second City Network's series "Sassy Gay Friend." In this video, Sassy Gay Friend intervenes in Romeo and Juliet.

Posted on October 9, 2012

Tags:
Gay Mens Language;
Prosody

NPR: The Lost Gay Language of Britain's 60s

A 2003 interview with linguist Paul Baker about his book on Polari, a "secret" code used by gay men in the U.K. in the 1960s.

Posted on October 9, 2012

Tags:
Gay Mens Language;
Lexicon;
Slang

David Cross: The Gay Voice

video imagePlay video
An excerpt from comedian David Cross on "The Gay Voice."