verlanization, apocopes, deglutination and cinema. Rasdep is one of the many variations of the term pederast that have given rise to dozens of insults and obloquies referring to homosexual men in French, such as pédé, pédale, pedalo, or the Verlan versions (Verlan is a French jargon in which the order of syllables is changed), dallepé, delpé or, as we see below, dep.

Rasdep in particular was an invention of the writer Guy Hocquenghem, but it became popular after the premiere of the documentary Race d’Ep (Lionel Soukaz, 1979), which could be translated as a race of faggots. Qualified as an X film or pedophile cinema, this work is nothing more than a cinematographic reconstruction of the history of gays and lesbians throughout the 20th century. Only thanks to the support of intellectuals such as Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Gilles Châtelet, Gilles Deleuze or Raúl Damonte Botana (Copi), could the documentary be shown, but not before having been purged of its most “scandalous” content.

Poster of the Film Race D'ep, which gave rise to the slang, Rasdep. Black and white photography.

Poster of the Film Race D’ep, that you can find, fragmented, on Youtube.

Variations: Raspède, Razdep.

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