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Dear Washington Post, please stop calling me a "homosexual"
Americablog.com ^ | 7/05/07 | John Aravosis

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.


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To: tuesday afternoon
whether they use the term "gay"

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?

51 posted on 07/06/2007 4:36:50 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (DemocraticUnderground.com is an internet hate site.)
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To: tuesday afternoon

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.


52 posted on 07/06/2007 4:36:50 PM PDT by Felis_irritable (Dirty_Felis_Irritable...)
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To: VeritatisSplendor

Don’t like being called straight?

One of their favorite terms for heteros is ‘breeder’

how do you like that derogatory appellation?


53 posted on 07/06/2007 4:36:56 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: tuesday afternoon
i just used the word, "homosexual," yesterday... i like to say it the way Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke on Designing Women) used to say it: "homosekshel."

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...

54 posted on 07/06/2007 4:37:15 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: JohnD9207

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.


55 posted on 07/06/2007 4:37:20 PM PDT by Burkean
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To: tuesday afternoon
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.

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.

56 posted on 07/06/2007 4:37:32 PM PDT by Sloth (The GOP is to DemonRats in politics as Michael Jackson is to Jeffrey Dahmer in babysitting.)
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To: tuesday afternoon
The nuance of words changes over time.

I vote for calling them "nuanced."

57 posted on 07/06/2007 4:38:31 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid...even by congressional standards.)
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To: NucSubs

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?


58 posted on 07/06/2007 4:38:39 PM PDT by healy61
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To: tuesday afternoon

personally, i do not like what the homosexuals have done to the word, “gay.”


59 posted on 07/06/2007 4:38:42 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: tuesday afternoon

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.


60 posted on 07/06/2007 4:38:47 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: tuesday afternoon
The author's picture as linked on his blog

Gosh, I would never have known his orientation.

61 posted on 07/06/2007 4:39:34 PM PDT by Menehune56 (Oderint Dum Metuant (Let them hate, so long as they fear - Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC)))
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To: randog

Rugs are “oriental”. People are “asian”.


62 posted on 07/06/2007 4:40:20 PM PDT by LetsRok
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Hey, John! You’re a homosexual. Are you also oriental?


63 posted on 07/06/2007 4:40:41 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Sort of better than Gore or Kerry, but that's about it.........)
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To: tuesday afternoon
A sexually active person is one of three possible inclinations.

Heterosexual
Bisexual
Homosexual.

None of these terms is archaic.

And my advice to the writer of this misguided article is if what you do embarrasses you. STOP!

64 posted on 07/06/2007 4:41:26 PM PDT by A message
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To: tuesday afternoon

If you can’t stand the heat (being called gay and homosexual) then get out of the kitchen.


65 posted on 07/06/2007 4:41:30 PM PDT by TDA2
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To: tuesday afternoon

Would Rump Ranger be okay?


66 posted on 07/06/2007 4:42:24 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit (There's another old saying Senator..."Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.")
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To: LetsRok

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.


67 posted on 07/06/2007 4:43:59 PM PDT by Sloth (The GOP is to DemonRats in politics as Michael Jackson is to Jeffrey Dahmer in babysitting.)
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To: tuesday afternoon
John Aravosis is the lying sack of crap who deliberately spread false information about Dr. Laura Schlessinger, and attempted to organize a campaign to harass the executives of Paramount Pictures Television until they agreed to cancel her 2000 television talk show before it had aired once.

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:


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: kerry_mccluggage@paramount.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.


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.

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:

Hey, John! You're a H-O-M-O-S-E-X-U-A-L-!!!


68 posted on 07/06/2007 4:44:02 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Has George W. Bush been taking Carter's Little Pills?)
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To: clintonh8r

As far as I’m concerned, homosexuals have co-opted and corrupted the word “gay”. And “pride.” (WTF are they so proud of, anyway?)


69 posted on 07/06/2007 4:44:20 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Sort of better than Gore or Kerry, but that's about it.........)
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To: tuesday afternoon

sniff!


70 posted on 07/06/2007 4:44:55 PM PDT by moondoggie
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To: tuesday afternoon

Did John Edwards write this?


71 posted on 07/06/2007 4:44:55 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: tuesday afternoon
"But I'd argue that those who disagree don't understand the nuance of language or of this particular phrase."

"Again, I don't mean to opinionated about it, but if you don't hear the negative nuance in the word homosexual ...."

There's that "n" word again.
72 posted on 07/06/2007 4:46:25 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Felis_irritable
They can take a flying leap at the moon.

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. ;-)

73 posted on 07/06/2007 4:46:39 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit (There's another old saying Senator..."Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.")
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To: cripplecreek

Pillow biters!


74 posted on 07/06/2007 4:47:18 PM PDT by Tx Angel
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To: tuesday afternoon
So apparently I can now offend homosexuals by calling them homosexual.

Pathics are such drama queens

75 posted on 07/06/2007 4:48:09 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (The polar icecaps are melting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .on Mars)
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To: tuesday afternoon

Darn, I thought it was an editorial by John Edwards asking the Post to stop calling him a faggot


76 posted on 07/06/2007 4:48:17 PM PDT by Popman (I removed my Bushbot brain chip after he didn't veto the McCain Feingold election anti freedom bill)
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To: tuesday afternoon
There is nothing gay about being a homosexual. Co-opting the word “gay” will not make homosexuals any happier.
77 posted on 07/06/2007 4:48:21 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (Run, Fred run! I will send my donation as soon as you announce.)
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To: tuesday afternoon

What a fudgesicle.


78 posted on 07/06/2007 4:48:33 PM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: cripplecreek
I like the Simpsons. Does that make me homersexual?

Not unless you've left out a key bit of information.

;-)

79 posted on 07/06/2007 4:48:52 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: tuesday afternoon
I wish they'd all go "poof"tah.

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)

80 posted on 07/06/2007 4:49:28 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: elcid1970
As a student of the English language, I deeply resent how more than forty years ago homosexuals brutally hijacked the once-pleasant word `gay’, which used to mean `happy, carefree, lighthearted’, and often described those meetings and occasions when a man and a woman met and fell in love with one another.

I was thinking the same thing.

If homosexual is out, how about sodomite?

81 posted on 07/06/2007 4:50:29 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: tuesday afternoon
More politically correct thought policing. I personally don't care what he does in his bedroom, he's still a homosexual as I am heterosexual. He's "gay", also. That word will be offensive in a few years, too, I suppose.

"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???

82 posted on 07/06/2007 4:52:15 PM PDT by scan58 (Diversity results in a collection of unconnected individuals.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Homophobic is an offensive term.

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"

83 posted on 07/06/2007 4:53:39 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (The polar icecaps are melting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .on Mars)
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To: tuesday afternoon
But they called us "homosexuals" throughout the piece, and that's not great. It's degrading and offensive and archaic.

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?

84 posted on 07/06/2007 4:56:10 PM PDT by TN4Liberty (Ask any farmer... Good fences make good neighbors.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I prefer “faggot” myself, and strongly object to the abuse of a perfectly good old English word like “gay”.


85 posted on 07/06/2007 4:56:39 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: tuesday afternoon

I think the new term replacing members of the queer nation is fecal obsessionist.


86 posted on 07/06/2007 4:57:40 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: tuesday afternoon

I think the new term replacing members of the queer nation is fecal obsessionist.


87 posted on 07/06/2007 4:57:43 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: tuesday afternoon

For people who want to be termed “happy”, they sure grouse a lot.


88 posted on 07/06/2007 4:57:47 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: scan58

And while we’re at it, let’s drop the word “heterosexual.” That word was only dreamed up to replace the word “normal.”


89 posted on 07/06/2007 4:58:23 PM PDT by Corey Ohlis (Visualize Swirled Peas)
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To: Theresawithanh

As one medical transcriptionist to another, there’s a lot of terminology that makes me gag; homosexual ain’t one of them.


90 posted on 07/06/2007 4:59:22 PM PDT by clinkclink
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To: All

PLEASE DON’T USE THE WORD “GAY”!!!


91 posted on 07/06/2007 5:00:07 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: tuesday afternoon

So I guess I should be offended being called a heterosexual. I’m so confused.


92 posted on 07/06/2007 5:01:14 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Oztrich Boy; Logophile

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.


93 posted on 07/06/2007 5:02:02 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: latina4dubya

An African-American could easily be a white South African who has emigrated to the US.


94 posted on 07/06/2007 5:02:17 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: Paladin2
... they sure grouse a lot.

Expect to hear from my friends in the Avian-American community.

95 posted on 07/06/2007 5:03:30 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Recovering Hermit

I thought it was fudge packer (often posted with a picture - but I don’t have a copy).


96 posted on 07/06/2007 5:04:58 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: tuesday afternoon

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.


97 posted on 07/06/2007 5:05:10 PM PDT by Pinkbell (I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. - Mike Pence)
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To: GSWarrior

You forgot “light in the loafers.” LOL!


98 posted on 07/06/2007 5:05:49 PM PDT by clinkclink
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To: tuesday afternoon; All
Gay = Happy

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 . . .

99 posted on 07/06/2007 5:10:10 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Father of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier fighting the terrorists in the Triangle of Death)
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To: tuesday afternoon

John Aravosis is well known for outing homosexual Republicans. And this scumbag is worried about people calling him a factual name.


100 posted on 07/06/2007 5:12:53 PM PDT by indcons (My 2-step solution to stopping terrorism: defuse the bombs; deport the muslims.)
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