poofter

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poofter (plural poofters)

  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, pejorative, slang) A male homosexual, especially an effeminate one; a pansy.
    • 1943, John Bostock and Evan Jones, The nervous soldier: a handbook for the prevention, detection and treatment of nervous invalidity in war, page 11,
      Hallucinations, again, are the expression of repressed systems of ideas and desires; for example a man who has strong repressed homo-sexual tendencies may hear voices calling him a poofter.
    • 1964, Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice, page 36,
      "You pommy poofter. You give me any more of that liberal crap and I'll have your balls for a bow tie." Bond said mildly, "What's a poofter?" "What you'd call a pansy. No," Dikko Henderson got to his feet and fired a string of what sounded like lucid Japanese at the man behind the bar, [] .
    • 2007, John Mendoza, Mad Blue Smoke, Pasini Press, Melbourne, Australia, page 113,
      I just ignored them because I didn't think what I did made me a poofter. Me and Dwayne were best friends, and it was only because there were no girls around, and I liked it. My father taught me that homosexuality was unnatural, and that poofters were men who couldn't form relationships with women because they were horrifying, repulsive queers.

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Poofter is nowadays one of the most highly pejorative words in Australian English, perhaps reflected in or by association with its use in the compound poofter-bashing, which arose during the 1960s and 1970s in the context of a sharp increase in organised homophobic hate crimes across Australia and particularly in the Sydney district of King's Cross, a major centre of Sydney's gay social life.[1] Beyond its use as a homophobic slur, it is also often aimed at males who do not conform to stereotypical ideals of masculinity in other ways, particularly in the fields of art or academia.

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  1. ^ Francoeur, R. T., and Noonan, R. J. (eds.) The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, p.33. Continuum: New York.