New York Times writer, Jeremy W. Peters wrote a piece titled: The Decline and Fall of the ‘H’ Word, meant to explain that the word, homosexual is now taboo. We’re not allowed to use it anymore because as George Chauncy, a Yale Professor of history who studies gay and lesbian culture, has said, “Homosexual has the ring of ‘colored’ now, in the way your grandmother might have used that term…”
My grandmother used a lot of “colorful words” to describe the African-Canadian family that lived next door. One of the words she used starts with N. Now that is a word that’s offensive. If my grandmother called me a homosexual I wouldn’t have a problem with it. The problem with the ‘N’ word, or the word ‘colored’ is they have always been plain old racist. The word homosexual is actually scientific. It means SAME SEX. It means two boys or two girls get together.
I have a problem with glaad (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) putting “homosexual” on their offensive list. I like glaad. I’m a supporter, member, I like what they do, blah, blah, blah. But are they really speaking for all homosexuals…er I mean, gays when they say homosexual is offensive? I like the word. It’s fun to say. It’s like heterosexual but that’s not offensive, is it? Is there a group that also deems heterosexual as offensive?
What I’m gathering from this article is the main reasons why homosexual is offensive is because:
1. The word homosexual has the word SEX in it (OMG!). “Gay doesn’t use the word sex. Lesbian doesn’t use the word sex. Homosexual does.” -George P Lakoff, professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
2. It also contains the word ‘homo’ which is derogatory. Just like HOMOsapien so watch out.
3. And as I’ve stated above, glaad says it’s a naughty word so we’re not allowed to use it anymore.
If we are going to be banishing the word homosexual, we have to also ban the word homosapien, heterosexual, and any animal that partakes in homosexual activities in the wild will now be referred to as gay or lesbian sex.
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