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Sounding Gay, Speaking as a “Fag”: Auditory Gaydar and the Perception of Reclaimed Homophobic Language

Fasoli, Fabio, Hegarty, Peter and Carnaghi, Andrea (2019) Sounding Gay, Speaking as a “Fag”: Auditory Gaydar and the Perception of Reclaimed Homophobic Language Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 38 (5-6). pp. 798-808.

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Reclaiming implies that homophobic labels used by gay individuals are perceived as less offensive and their use as empowering speakers. We examined whether listeners in Italy and Britain perceived homophobic labels as “reclaimed” when men’s voices implied their homosexuality. Gay and straight male speakers used neutral or homophobic labels referring to themselves or another. Homophobic labels were offensive when used by straight speakers and when labelling others. Gay speakers self-labelling with homophobic labels were not perceived as more powerful.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Carnaghi, Andrea
Date : 1 October 2019
Funders : European Union's Horizon 2020
DOI : 10.1177/0261927X19852753
Grant Title : Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2019.
Projects : "Beyond ‘Straight Talking’: The Consequences of Vocal Cues to Sexual Identity for Modern Prejudice" (Acronym: TheGayVoice)
Uncontrolled Keywords : Auditory gaydar; Voice; Reclaiming; Re-appropriation; Derogatory labels; Sexual orientation
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 05 Jul 2019 10:50
Last Modified : 17 Oct 2019 14:05

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