Results for - Charity's 'Gay' Sweater makes Debut During Toronto Fashion Week

2,061 voters participated in this survey
A sweater is making its debut at Toronto Fashion Week and its creators are hoping your reaction is,

1. A sweater is making its debut at Toronto Fashion Week and its creators are hoping your reaction is, "Wow, that's so gay." Most of the time, calling an inanimate thing "gay" is an insult rooted in homophobia — but this sweater really is as gay as a sweater can be. It's knitted from the hair of hundreds of gay people. Have you ever used 'That's so gay' as an insult?

I use it all the time
6%
121 votes
Occasionally
24%
499 votes
Never
49%
1,008 votes
Have never heard this term
19%
386 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
47 votes

2. Jeremy Dias, founder of an Ottawa-based charity, the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), said the sweater is meant to send the message that using "gay" as an insult to things is an insult to gay people. "It started out as a joke. Wouldn't it be awesome if there really (were) gay sweaters that were making out and falling in love with each other," he said. Do you think this is a good way of addressing the problem?

Very creative and appropriate way of addressing the problem
14%
291 votes
Not bad, but there are better ways
21%
423 votes
No, this is a stupid idea
38%
775 votes
N/A
27%
556 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
16 votes

3. The sweater is itchy — but it's also powerful that hundreds of gay people were moved to contribute their hair to the project, said Dias. "When you put on the sweater, you feel something," he said. "It's about having an object that feels." If you ever use the word 'gay' as an insult, will you change your ways now?

Yes, I will
8%
157 votes
Not sure
9%
191 votes
No, I will still use it
12%
242 votes
Never have used it
36%
736 votes
N/A
34%
711 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
24 votes

4. Have you ever used any of these terms that are considered very derogatory to certain groups of people?

To say “gypped” instead of “ripped off” is an insult to the Romani, as it’s short for Gypsy
27%
557 votes
Being “sold down the river” is a reference to being sold into slavery
10%
203 votes
“Hooligans,” the name of a family in an old song, has anti-Irish connotations
20%
417 votes
To say "Jew down" instead of bargain is an insult to Jewish people
12%
241 votes
Was actually unaware that these terms were derogatory
16%
334 votes
N/A
49%
1,012 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
29 votes
03/29/2015 News 2061 50 By: Harriet56

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