Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 09:56:27 -0500
From: Al Futrell awfutr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HOMER.LOUISVILLE.EDU
Subject: Re: Tomboy & Sissy
On Thu, 16 Nov 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote:
tlc has said that the terms are common in prison lexicons. Is there
implied ironic humor in the terms? implied euphemism? They strike me as
delicate ways around words that seem more taboo.
In prison(s) an entire hierarchy of "homosexuals" (I place this in quotes
because that is not really how the prisoners discuss it -- that is our
egghead term) exists and some of this is revealed in the lexicon. For
example, there is a punk, a fag, a sissy, a girl, and so on. Depending
upon what prison you are in, the terms have slightly different meanings,
although a punk is pretty much the lowest level in all the prisons I have
been to, which is about 20.
-- awfutr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]homer.louisville.edu
Dept of Communication -- University of Louisville