Gay Dictionary: Italian

How to say gay in Italian

Italian is a language of Indo-European family formed by several dialects. It is spoken by about 62 million people and is official in 9 countries or regions. In the vast Italian Gay Dictionary placed at your disposal highlights the obsession in Italy with bottom gays and this is probably due to the intimate and peculiar relationship that Italy has had with male homosexual behavior. As we explained in our article Finocchio for Protest Collection , or Pedicabo Ego Vos et Irrumabo for Funny Collection, Italians inherited the Greek homosexual relationship system, teacher-pupil, and transformed it into the master-slave system, that allowed a man fuck their slaves and men in general, without prejudice to his manhood as long as fulfill his role as father and man in society. Be fucked or sucking a dick were abominable acts, but the opposite was allowed. 2000 years later we can see that most of insults are directed to the reviled group of bottoms, when logically cannot exist a bottom without a top. Already said Jeanne Moreau in Fassbinder film, Querelle, "each man kills the thing he loves", and it seems that in Italy homophobia is directly proportional to the love for gay sex.

Source: "Il gergo queer nell'italiano novecentesco e contemporaneo" Doctoral Thesis by Daniel de Lucia, Università "G. D'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara (2013)



Term Definition

finocchio reivindica

Its literal translation is fennel, and is slang of faggot. It was thought that the origin of this expression was in the Middle Ages when in Italy gays were burned at the stake. They threw fennel into the fire to cover up the smell of burning flesh, for the public knows why they were burned and to made a slower death. However at that time Finocchio meant silly man, worthless, despicable, untrustworthy, etc, negative characteristics of men that were attributed to homosexuals by the simple fact of being gay. In our opinion, this process of attribution is the origin of this expression as slang of faggot. Check out the articles you have below for more details of this word and the history of homosexuality in Italy.

See: Gay Dictionary: Finocchio (Italy)

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