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Real time on Twitter - This website is designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society.

 
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Real time on Twitter - This website is designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society.
Real time on twitter - This website is designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society. Words and phrases like “faggot,” “dyke,” “no homo,” and “so gay” are used casually in everyday language

Nohomophobes weaves social media with public education to confront homophobic language head-on.

In the time it takes you to read this story, the word "faggot" will have appeared on Twitter about 80 times.

That word, and terms like "That's so gay," "dyke" and "no homo," are all too commonly used on Twitter, the social media giant. And now, they are all being tracked by Nohomophobes.com, an innovative website out of the University of Alberta's Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) designed to confront homophobic language head-on. Kristopher Wells, associate director of iSMSS, says the site interweaves social media and public education to facilitate a conversation on the impact of discrimination, prejudice and hate. "The idea of the website is to really serve as a social mirror that reflects the pervasive and damaging use of what we call casual homophobia in our society," said Wells, who is also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. "What we're saying is the old nursery rhyme your parents would tell you, 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,' is wrong. "Words have the power to shape identity, people's reality and their possibilities in life." Brought online in a partnership with Calder Bateman in July, Nohomophobes.com tracks derogatory terms in real time in a way that resembles stocks on a stock market. So far, the site has counted nearly 2.5 million uses of the word "faggot" on Twitter, far and away the most used of the four terms being tracked. "And [faggot] is not used in very many nice ways," said Wells. "What we've seen is this kind of derogatory language, whether it happens on Twitter or elsewhere, really furthers stereotypes and isolates sexual and gender minorities, their friends and their families." He says the institute is particularly concerned about the impact homophobia, casual or otherwise, has on young people, pointing to the increase of cases of youth who have taken their own lives because of homophobic bullying.

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ya thank you we need that (sarcasm)

Real time on twitter - This website is designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society. Words and phrases like “faggot,” “dyke,” “no homo,” and “so gay” are used casually in everyday language

Nohomophobes weaves social media with public education to confront homophobic language head-on.

In the time it takes you to read this story, the word "faggot" will have appeared on Twitter about 80 times.

That word, and terms like "That's so gay," "dyke" and "no homo," are all too commonly used on Twitter, the social media giant. And now, they are all being tracked by Nohomophobes.com, an innovative website out of the University of Alberta's Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) designed to confront homophobic language head-on. Kristopher Wells, associate director of iSMSS, says the site interweaves social media and public education to facilitate a conversation on the impact of discrimination, prejudice and hate. "The idea of the website is to really serve as a social mirror that reflects the pervasive and damaging use of what we call casual homophobia in our society," said Wells, who is also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. "What we're saying is the old nursery rhyme your parents would tell you, 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,' is wrong. "Words have the power to shape identity, people's reality and their possibilities in life." Brought online in a partnership with Calder Bateman in July, Nohomophobes.com tracks derogatory terms in real time in a way that resembles stocks on a stock market. So far, the site has counted nearly 2.5 million uses of the word "faggot" on Twitter, far and away the most used of the four terms being tracked. "And [faggot] is not used in very many nice ways," said Wells. "What we've seen is this kind of derogatory language, whether it happens on Twitter or elsewhere, really furthers stereotypes and isolates sexual and gender minorities, their friends and their families." He says the institute is particularly concerned about the impact homophobia, casual or otherwise, has on young people, pointing to the increase of cases of youth who have taken their own lives because of homophobic bullying.

Read more at: [link to phys.org]

What people are saying here [link to www.nohomophobes.com]
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ya thank you we need that (sarcasm)

Real time on twitter - This website is designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society. Words and phrases like “faggot,” “dyke,” “no homo,” and “so gay” are used casually in everyday language

Nohomophobes weaves social media with public education to confront homophobic language head-on.

In the time it takes you to read this story, the word "faggot" will have appeared on Twitter about 80 times.

That word, and terms like "That's so gay," "dyke" and "no homo," are all too commonly used on Twitter, the social media giant. And now, they are all being tracked by Nohomophobes.com, an innovative website out of the University of Alberta's Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) designed to confront homophobic language head-on. Kristopher Wells, associate director of iSMSS, says the site interweaves social media and public education to facilitate a conversation on the impact of discrimination, prejudice and hate. "The idea of the website is to really serve as a social mirror that reflects the pervasive and damaging use of what we call casual homophobia in our society," said Wells, who is also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. "What we're saying is the old nursery rhyme your parents would tell you, 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,' is wrong. "Words have the power to shape identity, people's reality and their possibilities in life." Brought online in a partnership with Calder Bateman in July, Nohomophobes.com tracks derogatory terms in real time in a way that resembles stocks on a stock market. So far, the site has counted nearly 2.5 million uses of the word "faggot" on Twitter, far and away the most used of the four terms being tracked. "And [faggot] is not used in very many nice ways," said Wells. "What we've seen is this kind of derogatory language, whether it happens on Twitter or elsewhere, really furthers stereotypes and isolates sexual and gender minorities, their friends and their families." He says the institute is particularly concerned about the impact homophobia, casual or otherwise, has on young people, pointing to the increase of cases of youth who have taken their own lives because of homophobic bullying.

Read more at: [link to phys.org]

What people are saying here [link to www.nohomophobes.com]
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but how often do we use it without thinking?
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09/28/2012 02:12 AM
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There is no such thing as homophobia.

Normal people are DISGUSTED by gays, but are not afraid of them.
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09/28/2012 02:20 AM
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There is no such thing as homophobia.

Normal people are DISGUSTED by gays, but are not afraid of them.
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[link to mentalhealth.about.com]
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It is perfectly natural to dislike something that is not natural just like any animal we alienate weakness so It cannot dilute the gene pool. It is in our nature to weed out weakness you cant just break hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. If it were natural we would see lesbian animals but we dont we see horny males fucking what ever hole they can find that douse not make them gay it make them horny.
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09/28/2012 03:11 AM
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"Who needs actions when you have words." Kurt Cobain
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Re: Real time on Twitter - This website is designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society.
Anyone against homosexuals has a mental disorder called 'homophobia', not the homosexual. The homosexual is the normal one wink
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There is no such thing as homophobia.

Normal people are DISGUSTED by gays, but are not afraid of them.
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Which is wonderful, unless you're a sad homophobe.

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