Watching the enforcers of political correctness grind their gears can be soooo entertaining.
As BarbWire senior editor Jeff Allen reports today, the far-left organization Media Matters is slamming Fox News because Roger Ailes’s boys and girls are still using the word “homosexual.” According to the demigods of PC, Fox is supposed to be using terms like “gay people” and “lesbian people,” as if sexual preference was an ethnicity. Media Matters asserts the word “homosexual” is already being tabooed by most of the major media.
Yup, it’s hard to believe, but in their latest effort to control the minds of the masses, the homosexual rights movement is trying to banish the word “homosexual.” Seems the word now carries with it the “ring of disapproval and judgment,” according to the New York Times.
Don’t they realize they’re trying to ban the very word coined by their own founding fathers? In addition to establishing the civil wrongs movement, those busy beavers were pioneers in euphemizing words that carried the ring of disapproval and judgment.
The LGBT movement was born in Germany in 1860. At that time homosexuals were identified by starkly behavioral terms: sodomites, pederasts and Knabenschänder, or boy ravishers.
“You can’t force priggish Germans to accept Knabenschänders,” reasoned Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, lawyer, pedophile, and the first gay activist. “We’ll have to call ourselves something else. Something nice and nonthreatening, that stresses identity, not behavior.”
Yes, the father of the civil wrongs movement, the “Gay Marx,” was the first to come up with a vague and deceptive euphemism to describe those who, we were once permitted to say, like to putt in the rough. Ulrichs’s word? “Uranian.” It seems to be an obscure mythological reference.
Ulrichs, by the way, was also the originator of the “born gay” myth. Homosexual sex has occurred throughout history, but even gay historians have searched in vain to identify homosexual people. If you ever wondered how the human race could have overlooked the existence of ten percent of itself for 6,000 years of recorded history, the answer is simple: there was nobody there. Before Ulrichs, humanity had it right. There were no such things as “homosexuals,” there were just people who sometimes had sex with people of the same sex. Homosexuality was a behavior, not a crusade.
“Uranian” didn’t cut the mustard, though it did give rise to the slogan “Uranians of the World, Unite!” In 1869 the Engels of the movement, Karoly Maria Benkert, coined a new term that quickly caught on: “homosexual.”
The initialism “LGBT” is itself a work in progress. First we had “lesbian and gay.” Bisexuals felt left out (and many, perhaps most, “Ls” and “Gs” are “Bs” in practice), so we were graced with LGB. Then somebody realized the transsexuals were uninclusively being excluded: LGBT. How about the self-proclaimed “queers?” LGBTQ. And those questioning their sexuality? LGBTQQ. We’ve seen all of these, and still the term is lengthening like an adolescent snake. Inevitably we’ll have to recognize the asexuals: LGBTQAQ? QAQ me with a spoon. Before the snake grows into an anaconda, I’d like to propose adopting a new initialism I recently came across, so everybody can settle once and for all on one final iteration and shift our attention to weightier matters. That initialism is LGBTOMGWTFBBQ. I think that says it all.
The real reason “homosexual” has to go is because the word “sex” is buried in it. We can’t be confusing homosexuality with sexual behavior, after all. As the Times reports,
George P. Lakoff, a professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, has looked at the way the term is used by those who try to portray gays and lesbians as deviant. What is most telling about substituting it for gay or lesbian are the images that homosexual tends to activate in the brain, he said.
“Gay doesn’t use the word sex,” he said. “Lesbian doesn’t use the word sex. Homosexual does.”
I hate to break this to the civil wrongs movement, but sooner or later they’re going to have to ban the word “gay” as well. As you read these words, somewhere in America an indignant schoolmarm is punishing a fourth grader for hearing something stupid or gross or otherwise repulsive, and blurting, “That’s so gay.”
What are they going to call themselves next?
The sad truth is, when people set themselves against the laws of nature and nature’s God, they have to resort to linguistic games in a hopeless effort to deceive others, and maybe to deceive themselves. We all know what the civil wrongs movement is about: to abolish all sexual rules of conduct, uproot Judeo-Christian morality, destroy Western Christian culture, and replace it with some sybaritic utopia. No wonder it smacks of disapproval and judgment no matter what it’s called. A rose by any other name still smelleth sweet.
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