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camp culture:

Or: camp , a satiric form of humor by poking a jocular finger at one's oppressions and frustrations, by exaggerating or parodying stereotypes and social conventions.


(1) Robert T. Francoeur. The Complete Dictionary of Sexology : ' A complex set of gay affectations in dress, personal manner, style, language, and humor, all marked by exaggeration, insult, extravagance, and a satiric sense of the ludicrous and the artificiality of social convention, both gay and straight . In some large urban settings, camp is a life-style enjoyed for its fast-paced sophistication by both gay and nongay individuals .'

(2) Susan Sontag. Notes on Camp (1964): ' The hallmark of Camp is the spirit of extravagance .'

(3) Bruce Rodgers. The Queens' Vernacular (1972): ' Camp is burlesque, fun, an ability to poke a jocular finger at one's-own frustrations and guffaw at the struggles of other pathetics, homosexuals or famous, influential people .'

See Also: 175er, abareskin, Amanda, ammunition whore, anglophobia, arts, ball gown, Bathsheba, beach blanket, Big Bertha, big girl flamboyant, bubble-gummer, bugskin, bummers, camp, camp culture, camp follower, camping, campy, capris, Cash Flagg, Charlene, Clarabella, commoner of the camp, cooze-cola, cream of the crop, cultured, cultures, dancey, decor-ina, dizzy-lizzy, Fr, gaydom, gender roles, Gr, honeysuckle vine, Hundred-And-Seventy-Fiver, Italian fashion, Italian way, lily of the valley, Our lady of the vapor(s), pansy without a stem, teeny bop, teeny bopper, teeny-rocker, Tomasina, tonsila, Tonya, twat say?, twatch, tweenager, Uncle Samantha, Veronica, Victoria, waiteress, way

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