Monday, January 16, 2006

“The Marcia.” Learn It. Love It. Live It.

Last month we, together with our roommate Aishwarya, came up with a new and necessary term: “The Marcia.”

Marcia (mahr – shá) : n. A gay man who seems butch until he opens his mouth and turns out to be a giant fag. From the Greek term “hamartia,” meaning “fatal flaw”. Example - "OMG, I finally drunk dialed my internet crush and he turned out to be a total Marcia! You think it's too late to pretend to be deaf so he doesn't talk while we're fucking at the beach house in Rehomo?"


How many times has this happened to you? Someone looks super cute on friendster, and then you see him out at Beige, and he turns out to be a prancing queen. The funniest part is usually that said girly men have no idea the way that they come off – and will often commit the faux pas of teasing other effeminate men. Which is just awkward, for everyone.

Once again, we find ourselves to be ahead of the curved penis. In this month’s “Out,” writer Erik Piepenberg examines this very phenomenon. In addition to discussing the tragicomic genius of faggy muscle daddies, the article makes an interesting point:

“Perhaps what I noticed in the speech of that butch-looking but queeny-sounding guy was a marker of culture, not physiology. Gay men may use ‘gay speech’ in much the same way some racial and ethnic minorities use their own in-group speech patterns, like blacks’ use of what sociolinguists call African-American vernacular English, or, colloquially, Ebonics.”

Holy Hollister! We can get our own SPEECH pattern!? Can we call it “Homosexual vernacular English”, or, colloquially, “what happens to your voice after dozens of cocks slam into your vocal chords”?

6 comments:

bigmouth said...

We've just been told by our co-worker that there was a precursor term to "Marcia," and that was, "LLTTLG" as in: "Looks like Tarzan, talks like Jane." Which we think is very funny but sort of a mouthful to say. Viva Marcia!

Frank said...

While I violently disagree that effeminancy is a "fatal flaw" or that prancing queens can't also be big and muscley, I just can't be mad at you after you slipped an Aristotlean word like "hamartia" into a blog post!

LL said...

If you thought Fagat was just a big Marcia, you should see his deus ex machina.

Anonymous said...

OHH, I thought the "Marcia" was when you have been a lesbian for years, and then you get semi outed on the internet, and in order to officially dispell the rumours you kiss your hetero female co-star at a press event. AS A JOKE of course, to prove how very funny the whole thing is.

Now THAT is a "Marcia".

Anonymous said...

I think our speech would be, obviously, Hebonics...

Myackie said...

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

(My mother's name is Marcia...)