Wednesday, July 4, 2007

I Hate the Word "Guy"

Last night at work, this drunk dude came up to me and asked, "Would you date a gay guy?" I hesitated. Not because I don't enjoy the company of homosexuals, or because this particular homosexual bore a striking resemblance to Tweedle Dee (or Tweedle Dum, your pick), or even because I am a married, heterosexual woman. I hesitated because I hate the word "Guy." Had he asked me if I would date a gay man, I would have said yes pretty quickly. I feel like the word "Guy" is kind of interchangable with "Douche." This is what happens in my head:

Gay "Guy":

Gay "Man":

And wouldn't you much, much rather go on a date with David Hyde Pierce?

Also, whenever I hear the phrase "Black Guy" it sounds racist to me. Do you know what I mean? So I say we all stop using the word "Guy" whenever possible. "You Guys" is acceptable, I guess, but I really prefer "Y'all". I know, it sounds uneducated, but don't you find it to be infinitely more inviting and (Alright, I have to interject here. I'm barely paying attention to what I'm typing. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is coming out in exactly one week and I can barely contain myself. What am I doing blogging? I should be rereading the book or looking at stills or something!! Next week is going to be so awesooooooooome!!!) personable than "You Guys"? "You Guys" sounds accusatory.

I'm freeeeeakiiiiiing ooooouuuuuuuuuut!!!!


Scott said...

"Gay guy" has that terrible double "guh" sound "guh-hey guh-eye" that I can't stand.

Would you date a gay dude, though? Or, a gay cat?

Chelsea said...

i had a gay cat. and i would date a gay dude, but the emphasis must be on dude.

Erin said...

didn't i date david hyde peirce at one point in my early twenties?

(yes, i'm only in my early mid-twenties, but i like the sound of saying "in my twenties" as i have always been a middle-aged lady)

and i agree that "____ guy" in any way sounds -ist. "Gay guy" sounds homophobic(uh, homophobic-ist ?) to me, as black guy sounds racist. Mildly, but still, you ,know, institutional-strength or something.

Anonymous said...

I hate the word "cougar" to describe a female that's older than the males she's sexist and stupid, I also hate GUYS as in "you guys" and he's a "good guy" and the word "ma'am"

Anonymous said...

I hate the word Guy referring to a man or an object...I hear people saying "click on this guy" when talking about a website! But "you guys" is just vile because it's used between females and mixed groups..I thought feminism wiped out sexist language. Guess NOT