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    Thanks for letting me clarify my point.  The sex as domination and violence frame is one way we think about sex, but we have many others: sex is an expression of love, sex is a pleasurable activity, sex is (properly) a means of procreation, etc.  If I say something like, "I'm going to fuck you up!" or "We are totally screwed," I am not invoking the idea of sex as love, or pleasure, or anything else good; rather, I'm invoking the idea of sex as violence.  Similarly, when we use "prick" or "dick" to mean "aggressor," and "pussy" to mean "victim," we are invoking the sex as domination/violence frame.  

    I understand that the "Team America" quotation is a humorous and creative use of language; however, if you immediately understood this speech when you first heard it, you probably already shared the sex as domination/violence frame.  The speech did make some claims that were new to me--e.g., I had never thought of assholes as people who need to be fucked--but I understood this statement right away in terms of the sex as domination/violence frame.

    I do agree with what you say about sex itself; I don't think that all sex is rape, but I would also not claim that the idea of sex as domination is completely wrong--ideas of power are an important part of most people's (everyone's?) sexuality.  Problems arise when people think that the man must always be dominant, and when they extend this male dominance from sex play to other spheres of life.  

    As for your question, I don't think that asshole is understood as an anti-gay slur, because we use this word to mean "jerk," not "passive victim."

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