02 September 2010

Dude, Bro

I know we each come from different social circles, and mine are not indicative of the whole world, but I just have to say, guys, that while my straight guy friends call each other "man" on occasion, only my gay friends, particularly the mohos aiming for a heteronormative lifestyle, call each other "dude" and "bro" with any regularity. My straight guy friends have never really employed those "hey, we're non-sexually affectionate" expressions, including those who are unabashedly affectionate. It seems ironically gay-sounding to me. Just sayin'.

10 comments:

Bravone said...

I totally agree dude.

Clint said...

Would you prefer "yo, dawg"?

:-)

LDS Brother said...

Must have slipped under the radar, but once you pointed it out, feller, it's true.

boskers said...

Since when is "dude", "bro", and "man" a strictly heterosexual fad? I say "dude" occasionally with no intentions to look straight.

JonJon said...

What if I call my guy friends "girlfriend" or "bitch"?

Original Mohomie said...

Clint, fo shizzle, G, yee-uh. Boskers, you totally get a state-of-origin exemption. JonJon, ew.

Clearly some guys naturally use it in their circle of friends, like Cali surfer dudes or stoners, for example. I even say "dude" sometimes.

No, I'm talking about the dudes *ahem* who start using those words when they decide they're going hetero for Jesus or get back from a weekend of intense masculine bonding, or the ones who only call their gay friends "dude" or "bro" in an attempt to remove any possible homoness from conversation. It just makes me chuckle.

Rob said...

Dude I grew up on the SoCA beaches and still live here. It sounds so funny to hear Utah boys say dude since we're the ones who started it. Trust me, bro, it has nothing to do with orientation. At least here where it started.

shaantvis said...

As it does annoy me slightly when people call be "dude," "Man," or "Bro," it annoys me even more when my gay friends address me as "Homo," or "hey, Queer" or even "hooker."

Quiet Song said...

Dudette here. I attribute my use of the word in both its masculine and feminine forms to my coastal California upbringing involving riding whatever was available waves, horses, skateboards, big wheels and all things motorized.

Jack said...

Yikes! Yeah, I think I'm one guilty dude.

Funny how we get into these habits of speech. As an alternative maybe I could start saying "Ello gov'na!" in my best Cockney accent -- tipping my hat in greeting.

Hrmmm... maybe not.

I'll work on a few other options and let you know.