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"Bae" is an exciting linguistic invention to us because it means the same thing as gf/bf but you can use it without a possessive pronoun— ”Steve” (@extranapkins)September 22, 2014
the word bae has done more for gender equality than Emma Watson. #baeforbae— ***jayy (@jayydodd)September 25, 2014
Given the number of words ever written about love and lovers it is crazy to me that the words we use to characterize relationships are so woefully inadequate. The words boyfriend and girlfriend are two of my least favorite. They are stringently binary, they belie the existence of platonic friendship between the sexes, and they are also infantile, implying a kind of immaturity to relationships that are not marriage.
With all of this in mind, “Bae” strikes me as an incredibly important linguistic development. It’s ironic that AAE makes the most contributions to linguistic growth and development in the United States but White society still continues to denigrate the vernacular as “poor speech” even as we appropriate it.
I desperately want for “bae” to help break down our colonial language’s gendered binaries and bourgeois romantic constructs. But chances are White America will just slap the word on Urban Outfitters beanies without internalizing any of it’s revolutionary linguistic implications.
(S/O to jayydodd for decolonizing my twitter feed so early in the morning)