“Homophobic language isn’t always meant to be hurtful, but how often do we use it without thinking?

So asks NoHomophobes.com, a website “designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society.” The site tracks, in real-time, the Twitter usage of the terms “faggot,” “dyke,” “no homo,” and “so gay.” Last week, the word “faggot” was tweeted a depressing 218,946 times.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →