How many of you out there have teenagers or young people who say “that’s sooooooooo gay” about things they think are dumb? I had never heard of it until I met KB’s nieces about three years ago when they were aged 10 and 13. About 100 times a day they would utter that phrase about anything they thought was lame, stink or stupid, and about 100 times a day, we would ask them to clarify what they exactly meant by the word “gay”….. which drove them a little crazy! Maybe this is just something that teens in New Zealand say…. if it is, you’ll possibly have no idea what this post is about! (Sorry)
I would just like to offer the opportunity here, for people who are not comfortable with “GAY-ness” to probably skip this post, I know that there is a large part of society who struggle with the life choices of others as it goes against their personal or religious beliefs, and that’s (sad) OK, but please know that this post is about having a bit of fun with “gay”….. I’m having a laugh and I hope you do too!
It’s funny how words change over time isn’t it? KB and I were in the op shop this morning and found a stack of retro craft magazines….
Gay rugs!!! I checked the date on the magazine and found that it was printed in 1973…. now in 1973 homosexuality was still illegal (sad sad sad) so I’m 100% positive that these rugs were not especially for gay people’s homes… or a little too fond of each other (nudge nudge)…. and being that “gay” was still at this time “happy,” so had not changed into “stupid.”
I kept looking through the pile and found another!
A collection of gay puppets! This I had to see…..
OK, so it’s 1973 still, but I think the magazine publishers were having a little laugh here…. gay puppets indeed… in fact to be more specific, they look like a little gang of butch and femme lesbians…. see that one with the short blonde hair and the scarf? A little too Ellen DeGeneres if you ask me, plus, that one on the right with the bow tie looks remarkably like KB, but you’ll have to take my word on that one…..
So the word “gay” became “gay” and has become “gay” and to tell you the truth, I just don’t dig it…. homophobia is rife in our society and even though more and more hetrosexual people accept gay people, there is a long way to go before we reach equality, if that can ever happen. Homosexuality was a classifiable mental disorder until 1987 (I diagnose you with schizophrenia, and YOU with homosexuality… yes… it’s true) and even though young people are using the word “gay” innocently, as they have no clue of what generations before them suffered by being “gay” it creates stigma. A friend of mine made me laugh when he told me that at the University in Wellington, the gay rights group there were pushing a new trend of saying “that’s so hetro” (using a disgusted tone when saying hetro) which, if you say it, certainly sounds discriminating.
So, I’ve said that I don’t use the word “gay” to describe ugly things…. but if I DID, I would certainly be using it here….
A festive granny square top!
Don’t get me wrong, I am president of the granny square fan club, but that is taking things a bit far….
Want to take it further?
Add a fringe…..
*sigh* That’s enough from those magazines! They’re headed back to the op shop after a little feature here on Crochet with Raymond!
Onto things that are not “gay,” “gay” or “gay”….. I finished my second Raglan sweater finally!
It is knitted with Stitch Nation wool which was so lovely and snuggly to work with, and soooooooo warm… I had it on my lap and it has super thermal powers for sure! I whipped up a wee motif from Edie Eckman’s “crochet motif” book…
Which is actually quite festive don’t you think!
Then I made a cutie matching beanie in green, to ensure maximum snugglyness next winter…..
I’m getting a bit clucky making all of these little clothes, but then I remember that if I had a baby I wouldn’t have time to knit the little clothes and give myself a slap on each cheek (“get yourself back into reality woman!” I say to myself) and pick my next pattern!
Speaking of my next pattern…. I’ll show you tomorrow!
I hope you’ve had some laughs today and a bit of fun, wishing you much love and many wonderful things,
Love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX