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As empowering as the term `dyke' may be, even within the context of CCGLA meetings, it can be equally as disempowering and derogatory.
The striking aspect of Example E is specifically the context of its use -- although it is apparent that context determines what is derogatory -- that meaning depends on who is using the language, where it's used, who is addressed -- the irony of this particular example is that members use `dyke' as a pejorative by CCGLA members during a CCGLA meeting.(11) We would think that in their role as participants of a lesbigay support group, CCGLA members in fact support and respect each other, especially with regard to sexuality and gender.
Whereas in some contexts `dyke' is empowering as well as resistant to the dominant heterosexual norms -- when a CCGLA lesbian calls another female member or friend `dyke' -- in other settings it is pejorative -- when a CCGLA gay, or someone outside the group addresses a female with the term.
For example, on MTU's campus it is common to see `dyke,' `queer,' and `faggot' defacing classroom desks, CCGLA posters (such as the one above), and sidewalk chalk writings announcing CCGLA meetings and events.
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