Revisiting Queer Minorities in Lexicons

Ramesh, K and Kumar, S and Khudabukhsh, A (2022) Revisiting Queer Minorities in Lexicons. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms.

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Lexicons play an important role in content moderation often being the first line of defense. However, little or no literature exists in analyzing the representation of queer-related words in them. In this paper, we consider twelve well-known lexicons containing inappropriate words and analyze how gender and sexual minorities are represented in these lexicons. Our analyses reveal that several of these lexicons barely make any distinction between pejorative and non-pejorative queer-related words. We express concern that such unfettered usage of non-pejorative queer-related words may impact queer presence in mainstream discourse. Our analyses further reveal that the lexicons have poor overlap in queer-related words. We finally present a quantifiable measure of consistency and show that several of these lexicons are not consistent in how they include (or omit) queer-related words.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Information Systems
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2023 17:52
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2023 17:52

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