January 28th, 2008

I’m a pervert. You’re a pervert. We’re all perverts. Okay, maybe not all of us–but pretty darn close. What I mean is, we all have sex interests that are “perversions” of the hetero, vanilla norm. Some of us are gay; some of us are into BDSM; some of us like to roleplay as humanistic animals. To each his/her own: the point is, while it’s all safe, sane, and consensual, none of it’s “normal.” So if we think about perversion as anything that deviates from that norm, we’re all a bit “perverse.”

But do we think of ourselves as “perverts”? Probably not. Well, maybe we should…

Regina Lynn had a post up recently about the way the internet age has changed our usage of the word “pervert.” According to a search through Google News, more than fifty percent of the instances the word were referring specifically to pedophilia. It’s true that (thanks to sensationalist media) when we think “internet + deviant sexuality” we think kiddy porn and scary men luring children from their computer screens. So has this one meaning taken over all others?

Interestingly, one of Regina’s readers commented that he actually uses the term “pervert” as a sort of reclaimed term for anyone practicing non-mainstream sex–similar to the word “queer,” which has been reclaiming by the LGBT community. Personally, I think that’s a great idea. If we’re going to be perverts (and luckily that’s not about to change anytime soon), we might as well be proud!

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4 Responses to “Perverted and Darn Proud of It!”

  1. Woodstock Says:

    W00t! I’m a Proud Pervert.

  2. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    I think we need shirts or something :).

  3. Slashpervert Says:

    I was searching around for a way to explain this to someone from outside my community and came across your entry. Yes, there are a lot of us unconventional people who are reclaiming the word. I am a very proud queer and pervert. I am also a well-educated, published academic and a parent. The truth is that the “normal” is a mythic and does not represent as much as it claims. Most LGBT folks now use queer, and many of us, particulary those in the BDSM community, actually use pervert as a positive self-identification.

  4. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Good to know someone else is going around saying the same things!

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