Ask a Homo: Is “girl crush” an offensive term? (VIDEO.)

Is It Offensive for Straight Women to Talk About Their “Girl Crush”? (Video.)

Is It Offensive for Straight Women to Talk About Their “Girl Crush”? (Video.)

Outward
Expanding the LGBTQ Conversation
Aug. 13 2014 10:14 AM

Ask a Homo: Girl Crush

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Welcome back to Ask a Homo, a judgment-free zone where the gays of Outward answer questions about LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. Today, we consider the implications of the phrase “girl crush”: Is it a sneaky way for straight women to establish their heterosexual bona fides, or is it a straightforward expression of admiration?

If there are questions you’ve been dying to ask a member of the real rainbow coalition, this is your chance. Send your queries—for publication—to slateoutward@gmail.com, and please put “ASK A HOMO” in the subject line. Note that questions may be edited.

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June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section.