Rants and ruminations by a classical liberal with radical Chicano tendencies
While we understand that this is a term that is extremely offensive to many people in those communities, it is our job to use plain, clear language that the general public can understand. The term gay doesn’t reflect reality because many lesbians and transgendered persons do not identify with that term. The term (acronym) LGBT doesn’t clearly describe the reality of the situation, i.e., that all of these are in fact homosexuals.
While we could use the term homosexual, it is a bit too scientific for the general public; hence, we prefer the term most easily encapsulates the reality of these groups. Homo both refers to the more scientific description while also being easily grasped by non-smart people.
Of course we wouldn’t encourage journalists to use terms such as butt-pirate or carpet-muncher, as this would be crossing a professional line. The sensitivity of the topic requires careful deliberation.
Our goal is to report fully and carefully on homosexual matters without obscuring the fundamental facts of the situation.
P.S.: One Special Case
We’ve been asked that if a person had homosexual sex once in college or at band camp but never did again and can be shown to be now living in a completely heterosexual relationship, should that person be called a homo? In this case we believe that said activity was a phase and we would not be responsible journalists if we labeled such a large segment of society as homos. They are clearly heteros.
This was inspired by the ridiculous defense of the term “illegal immigrant” by the Associated Press, I couldn’t help but follow their logic all the way through. Read a point-by-point legal rebuttal to their argument here.
While some people look at cockroaches as disgusting pests, We view them as resilient organisms that predate humans and will likely outlive us as well. People of color, the poor, the downtrodden, and the oppressed, much like cockroaches, are often despised, feared and in some cases have been the objects of extermination.
We started this blog as an attempt to understand the complicated world we live in. Things have changed since the old days of conquest, colonization, and slavery. Anonymous living, consumerism, and mass media have made it difficult to identify the forces that make modern-day oppression possible. Thus, posts here tend to focus on corruption, media, bureaucracy, ethics, economics, law, human rights, etc...in short, We try to take a second-order inquiry into assumptions and systems that some of us take for granted. We also take time to challenge stereotypes that function to place us in a box. Occasionally, We just rant.
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