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Bitch Please on 3CR Community Radio!
Mish from Bitch Please is being interviewed about our rejection from the MCA Zine Fair on Queering The Air, 3-4pm (Syd/Melb time) this Sunday on 3CR Community Radio. 855AM in Melbourne or listen live online!
In my experience, the use of “folks” has always been pretty common parlance among Southerners generally and Black people especially. As with U.S. American English in general, I think a lot of “social justice”/radical language is heavily influenced by/co-opted from AAVE.
tightbottomgame asked: I have no idea about why/whether '-folk' is becoming a thing now, but I wonder if its derived in part from 'leatherfolk', which is an (ostensibly) gender-neutral and to a lesser extent sexuality-neutral term for BDSM communities that has been in use several decades (earliest example a quick google turned up was 1984).
that’s interesting. obviously there’s no automatic link between kink and transness, but it’s possibly one factor in the increased use of “folk” to describe things to do with gender and sexuality. (& “leatherpeople” does sound frickin weird.) on the other hand, when you google “leatherfolk + trans” most of the usages of trans are not in the context of the phrase “trans folk”. I’m just really baffled by how and why this became a thing! linguists and historians, get on it