Skip to comments.Dear Washington Post, please stop calling me a "homosexual"
Posted on 07/06/2007 4:19:18 PM PDT by tuesday afternoon
The Washington Post published a pro-gay editorial today about marriage. And that's great. But they called us "homosexuals" throughout the piece, and that's not great. It's degrading and offensive and archaic.
I've written about this before, and some have disagreed. But I'd argue that those who disagree don't understand the nuance of language or of this particular phrase. Ask any gay person, regardless of whether they agree or disagree that the word "homosexual" is archaic and offensive, whether they use the term "gay" or "homosexual" to described themselves. I.e., "I'm gay" or "I'm a homosexual." Just ask them. Unless they're living under a rock, gay people rarely if ever use the word homosexual. (My gay-friendly straight friends, however, use the term all the time. In the same way that I still hear friends use the word "oriental.")
Why? First, because it's become archaic. Usage changes, and just as Negro and colored changed to black and African-American, just as oriental gave way to Asian, homosexual has become gay. But second, and more importantly, the word homosexual is offensive in the same manner as negro and oriental. Sometimes archaic words sting. In the case of homosexual, I think the main problem is three-fold. First, the clinical nature of the term. It's a scientific word that mildly dehumanizes gay people by suggesting that they have a medical or psychological condition. Second, the words "homo" and "sex." Both words connote something negative, or at least something that shouldn't be spoken out loud, to a lot of Americans. Third, and most importantly, homosexual is the word the religious right uses expressly and uniquely in an effort to dehumanize gays. Anti-gay religious right activists have said publicly that they will not use the word "gay" - rather, they insist on using "homosexual." Why? Because for some reason or another they figure that the word homosexual helps their cause. And while I don't agree with the religious right on many things, their ability to gay-bash swiftly and effectively is unqestioned. If they think the word gay helps us and the word homosexual hurts us, who am I to argue?
Again, I don't mean to opinionated about it, but if you don't hear the negative nuance in the word homosexual, it's either because you're not listening, or more likely, you don't have an ear for language. There's a reason that colored and Negro and oriental weren't offensive terms years ago, yet are today. The nuance of words changes over time. And while gays were once thought to be mentally disturbed - that all changed in 1973 - the language has not changed since that time.
It's time it did.
PS Don't believe me? Read what a communications professional has to say about this. (Actually, I hadn't read his piece until after I wrote mine, but the logic is remarkably similar.) Also, check out this recent editorial in the lead gay newspaper in the US.
Mr. Aravosis is so 20 minutes ago. I can't believe he's so far behind the curve. The word "gay" now means something that's stupid, pointless, or unfair.
"That's so GAY!".
Are you sure you want to go there, Mr. Aravosis?
Homosexual is the correct, descriptive term. If these little drama queens don’t like it they can kiss my butt.
Er, wait a minute, skip that last part.
They can take a flying leap at the moon.
Don’t like being called straight?
One of their favorite terms for heteros is ‘breeder’
how do you like that derogatory appellation?
btw--i use the word Asian instead of oriental... and i use black instead of African American because i'm not always sure if the person to whom i am referring is actually African American...
Queer has actually come full circle and is accepted in academic circles, i.e. Queer Studies, to represent anybody (lesbians, transexuals, etc.) who are outside of the norm.
Weird. 'Homo' just means 'same,' like in homogenized milk. As for 'sex', it's the faggots who choose to define their entire being by where they like to stick their Kuciniches. It's nobody else's fault that they trumpet their erotic fetishes so loudly that nobody can avoid knowing about them.
I vote for calling them "nuanced."
Funny, I didn’t hear the word occidental in the piece.
Not that I’m keeping score, but there is:
1- mention of hyphenates
1- use of the word nuance
But who’s counting?
personally, i do not like what the homosexuals have done to the word, “gay.”
Thanks for posting this. I had no idea the word homosexual was offensive.
I’m going to use the word homosexual at least 10 times a day from now on.
They’re not going to obscure language further on my watch.
Gosh, I would never have known his orientation.
Rugs are “oriental”. People are “asian”.
Hey, John! You’re a homosexual. Are you also oriental?
None of these terms is archaic.
And my advice to the writer of this misguided article is if what you do embarrasses you. STOP!
If you can’t stand the heat (being called gay and homosexual) then get out of the kitchen.
Would Rump Ranger be okay?
It’s my impression that in Britain, ‘Asian’ means from the Indian subcontinent area, while those that most Americans would call ‘Asian’ — Chinese, Korean, Japanese, etc. — still are called Oriental.
Schlessinger had for years referred on her radio program to homosexuality as "a biological error," which, of course, IT IS. It defies logic to believe that there is not an error if a body designed to engage in the reproductive process has a brain that resists desiring it. But Aravosis created a website -- StopDrLaura.com -- in which he insisted that Schlessinger referred to homosexuals as "biological errors," and thus was suggesting they are sub-human.
Here is what Aravosis posted to a USENET board the day after StopDrLaura.com went online:
The TV show aired on time, but was swiftly cancelled. What many thought would be a cross of Judge Judy and Oprah was a lamer, cuddlier version of her radio show; it was doomed in any event.
1. Call Paramount Chairman Kerry McCluggage in Los Angeles at [redacted], and ask your friends to call too! This is the DIRECT LINE to his office and they can't change the number without losing all his business contacts. If they try passing you call to a voice mail or another person, don't let them - demand that they take a message for you. Tell them that you are outraged about Paramount's plan to launch the Dr. Laura TV show and demand that they treat the glbt community with respect. We need to ensure that his staff is busy ALL DAY LONG taking complaints. (Does anyone have other phone numbers for McCluggage or his fax number?)
2. Email Paramount Chairman McCluggage. We found his direct personal email address - send lots of email to: email@example.com - and send this email address to all of your friends! Put something that sounds business-like - like "re: phone call" or "update on script" in the subject line to confuse them - otherwise they might filter the emails out if the computer sees "Dr. Laura" in the subject line.
While you're at it, send a second email to McCluggage that doesn't even mention Dr. Laura at all. Why? Because Paramount's computer people will try to set up an automatic filter that looks for messages that include the words "Dr. Laura" or "biological error." So, instead of making their job easy, send them a ton of emails about your favorite baseball team, the weather, or what you had for dinner last night. There's NO WAY they can filter out emails if they aren't even about Dr. Laura - and the more emails you send, even about unrelated topics, the harder it is for Paramount's leadership to find the real emails they need, and continue business as usual.
3. Help us get contact info for Paramount and Viacom (Paramount's parent company). Are you in Los Angeles or New York City? Do you have friends there? Please ask around and see if you can find a staff listing for either company (preferably with phone, fax and/or email addresses) and please forward it to us. We need to find the direct phone lines, direct fax numbers, and personal email accounts of any and all senior staff so we can target different people each week ALL YEAR LONG. And if anyone knows their home phones, addresses or favorite restaurants and hang-outs in LA or NYC, please let us know so that we can ensure that we local activists on the ground give them an earful about their unholy union with Dr. Laura.
After suffering the loss of major sponsors while Aravosis continued his character assassination campaign, many thought Dr. Laura would vanish from the airwaves. They were wrong. She's not going anywhere.
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot:
As far as I’m concerned, homosexuals have co-opted and corrupted the word “gay”. And “pride.” (WTF are they so proud of, anyway?)
Did John Edwards write this?
I don't think you want to go there either...especially if it's your moon.
Geez, it's getting tough just to find an old adage that works. ;-)
Pathics are such drama queens
Darn, I thought it was an editorial by John Edwards asking the Post to stop calling him a faggot
What a fudgesicle.
Not unless you've left out a key bit of information.
From the love that dare not speak its name to the love that won't shut up.
They don't want tolerance, they want acceptance, approval, and affirmation. They would probably get more if they went back in the closet.
The perverts don't like being called perverts. Oh, well.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
I was thinking the same thing.
If homosexual is out, how about sodomite?
"The nuance of words changes over time. And while gays were once thought to be mentally disturbed - that all changed in 1973 - the language has not changed since that time." Someone said it yesterday...the new liberal buzzword is "nuance".
He may not be "mentally disturbed", which means he knows right from wrong and he's making a choice. And, what the heck happened in 1973???
I am not scared of homosexuals.
"Homophobic" means "fear of the same". And is the term that should be used to refer to supporters of "diversity"
Given their deviant behavior, I would think that it would take a lot more than a work to "degrade" them.
I've decided that being called a "heterosexual" is degrading and offensive and archaic. I want to be called by the new politically correct term: "Normal." (It goes without saying that people who are not "normal", i.e. homosexuals, can be referred to as "abnormal.")
This game is fun, isn't it?
I prefer “faggot” myself, and strongly object to the abuse of a perfectly good old English word like “gay”.
I think the new term replacing members of the queer nation is fecal obsessionist.
I think the new term replacing members of the queer nation is fecal obsessionist.
For people who want to be termed “happy”, they sure grouse a lot.
And while we’re at it, let’s drop the word “heterosexual.” That word was only dreamed up to replace the word “normal.”
As one medical transcriptionist to another, there’s a lot of terminology that makes me gag; homosexual ain’t one of them.
PLEASE DON’T USE THE WORD “GAY”!!!
So I guess I should be offended being called a heterosexual. I’m so confused.
You’re both quite right. The term `sodomite’ has been savagely suppressed for being uncomfortably descriptive of those to whom it applies. And a `homophobe’ if properly defined for its Greek roots is someone with an irrational fear of those who are exactly the same as him/herself.
As for me, I don’t fear my fellow straight heterosexual God-fearing conservative gun owners.
An African-American could easily be a white South African who has emigrated to the US.
Expect to hear from my friends in the Avian-American community.
I thought it was fudge packer (often posted with a picture - but I don’t have a copy).
I find it odd that when it comes to the abortion issue, leftists insist we use the medical terms zygote, embryo, and fetus as opposed to baby and child because these words dehumanize the unborn child and make abortion seem more acceptable. Yet, when it comes to homosexuality, leftists hollar when we use the scientific term, and they want us to use the term gay because it distracts from lifestyle and makes it seem for acceptable. Gotta love leftists, and their play on words.
You forgot “light in the loafers.” LOL!
Homosexual = Exclusively engaging in sexual activities with a person of the same gender Simpy because some have usurped the actual definition of the word Gay does not (IMHO) change the original meaning of the word. In my world, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck . . .
John Aravosis is well known for outing homosexual Republicans. And this scumbag is worried about people calling him a factual name.