Language, Terminology, and Cultural Appropriation in Queer Discourse

  • Kaif Abbas and Akhil Visha
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  • Kaif Abbas

    Alumnus of Integral University, Lucknow, India

  • Akhil Visha

    Alumnus of Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata, India

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This paper explores the complex relationships between language, terminology, and cultural appropriation in the context of queer discourse. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of language for queer groups, which reflect a wide range of identities and experiences. Language is essential for self-expression, identity formation, and community cohesiveness. However, conversations on cultural appropriation bring difficulty to the use of terminology in queer discourse because of the complex link between language, identity, and respect. One area of focus is the power dynamics present in terminology, which illuminates how language may marginalize or empower members of the queer community. The study acknowledges language's flexibility and reactivity to the always-shifting terrain of identities and expressions as it delves further into the evolutionary nature of language in the queer setting. The investigation of the effects of cultural appropriation on the queer community is at the heart of the analysis. The goal of the article is to examine the effects of co-opting or misrepresenting queer culture on identity development, community cohesiveness, and the larger conversation about queer experiences. This paper aims to provide a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between language, identity, and respect in queer discourse by navigating these complexities and shedding light on the difficulties associated with cultural appropriation as well as the power dynamics present in the terminology used by queer communities.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 2512 - 2524


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