Tuesday, 23 February 2010

A Rose by any Other Name....

'I ain't protestin' nothing'. I know it's a terrible photo, but it had to be taken. The world and her wife have been out protesting something, anything.

We, as promised by the Flintstones, have been having a gay old time. Monday we did the Drive, today, Davie and Pride House. I had eggs Benny on both and both times, the servers used inclusive language, although the women of the Drive fared better, since ALL the servers were using inclusive language, whereas a male server dealing with the table next to us in the restaurant on Davie, did not.

We also saw the Olympic crucible, or whatever it's called, it's pretty cool for a hot thing.

Words matter. Feministing reports the results of a study that shows that 70% of U.S. Americans support the idea when asked if they think gay and lesbian people should be allowed to serve in the military, but only 65% do when asked if they think homosexuals should be allowed to.

The word 'Feminist' is similarly loaded. Twisty at I Blame the Patriarchy, tells us about a move by Apple to ban certain misogynistic applications for their i-phone. They (Apple) will not however simply say, 'We got rid of them because it was the right thing to do,' au contraire, they blame the feminists who complained, giving rise to a vitriolic outpouring against same.
Now this is one of the reasons why feminism is often referred to as 'Gender Equality'. The people of Springfield are too dim to work out for themselves that Feminists are actually asking for gender equality, no, because they react without ever listening they think that either women want to replace the Patriarchy with a Matriarchy, or that women want to actually become men.
So in order to make it more comprehensible to them, we have a back-up name.

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