The Danger of Presuming Post-Sexuality

November 4, 2014 5:41 PM

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The Danger of Presuming Post-Sexuality

An interesting discussion took place recently in one of the screenwriting courses I teach. I shared an older script with my students that featured several characters referring to one another as "gay" in order to insult them. None of the characters was actually homosexual, and the author wasn't making a statement about their ignorance for using the word; it was simply part of the characters' vocabulary, and they might as well have been calling one another "dumb."

After we finished the script, I mentioned the homophobic remarks and suggested to my class that, instead, a writer ought to only use derogatory language, be it homophobic, racist, or misogynist, if he or she wants to draw attention to something about the character or the world of the story; offensiv...

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