I know I don't post a lot of text anymore (real life time constraints), but there's something that's been on my mind lately that I thought was important enough to share with you all. Hope you'll all bear with me.
I wanted to post my thoughts on using the word "sissy." Just so you know, this isn't just coming out of thin air; it was precipitated by a fellow blogger's post on the subject. I wish I could remember where it was posted, but it was late, and I forgot to bookmark the blog. All I can really remember about the site is that it centered on a man's gender role reversed relationship with his wife, and that the post in question was one of the very first. Either way, he adamantly opposed the use of the word "sissy," and was offended by such. And that's what I'd like to address.
I'm of the opinion that when someone insults you (as has been the historical case with the word "sissy"), the most effective way to combat the underlying bigotry is to appropriate the insult, and make it your own. Revel in it. Turn it into a compliment. Doing so gives you the power in the exchange. So knowing that about me will somewhat inform you as to why I use the word the way I do.
In my little internet cocoon, I like to think that the meaning of the word "sissy" has morphed a bit over the past few years. Where before it meant "weak" or "submissive" or "overly feminine," now, I think it has come to simply mean a man who has embraced femininity wholeheartedly. He doesn't want to be a woman, but rather a feminine man. Or that's how I approach it, at least.
It's a fine line, sure, but I think it's an important distinction. What do you all think of the word?
And just so you guys don't think this is getting too serious, please enjoy the following link: