Swish is a US English slang term for effeminate behaviour and interests   campemphasized and sanctioned in Homosexual muscle macho male communities prior to the Stonewall riots. Being swish stereotypically includes a " sashaying " walk, and the use of falsetto voices, feminine pronounsand superlatives.
The Life and Death of the Homosexual Clone:. Extravagant language is common.
Such expressions as "Oh my word! In describing ordinary experiences the male variant is likely to use words as "terrific," Homosexual muscle macho "completely devoted," "horrible," "tremendous," "sublimely," "charming," "appalling," "vicious," "loathed," and "madly.
Although being butch was viewed as deviant and socially unacceptable by gay male society,   being swish has since lost its mainstream gay status post-Stonewall, and in addition to being used occasionally by mainstream culture is now most often derogatory even when used by gay men.
Though it may be assumed that most post-Stonewall gay men [ clarification needed ] view acting swish as internalized homophobiaa concession to stereotypes of Homosexual muscle macho men as less than manly.
However, the Castro clonea hyper-masculine, macho standard and ideal behaviour that replaced swish, adapted many camp elements such as dishing.
Thus while clones could view swish as embodying anti-gay stereotypes, being swish was a way of indicating and performing one's identity, indicating that anti-gay stereotypes could be derived from gay identities.
Just look at all these clones dear. With their pumped up bodies and thick moustaches, they all look so 'butch. A couple of years ago, they had puny bodies, lisping voices, and elegant clothes.
Now, they've 'butched up,' giving up limp wrists and mincing gaits for bulging muscles and manly handshakes, giving up fancy clothes and posh pubs for faded jeans and raunchy discos. Most recently, Swish has taken on an empowering and action-oriented meaning within the LGBT rights movementin part thanks to an organization by the same name.
To swish is to create opportunities for straight allies to become active in the LGBT civil rights movement. It indicates a form of activism that is uplifting, rewarding and fun.
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November Learn how and when to remove this template message. Retrieved 20 February Retrieved 28 February To overplay or over do homosexual gestures; the traits of an effeminate male homosexual. To walk speak or move in the manner of an weak effeminate boy or man; the stereotype effeminate homosexual.
Cited in Levine The Life and Death of the Homosexual Clone. New York University Press. Dictionary of American Slang. Wentworth and Flexner define swish as a noun meaning "a Homosexual muscle macho homosexual, esp.
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