Apparently, I shall be offensive!

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain retweeted:


Which leads to this story from The New York Times:

The Decline and Fall of the ‘H’ Word
For Manys Gays and Lesbians, the Term ‘Homosexual’ is Flinch-Worthy

These days, this sign, wielded in New York in 1971, might very well be lettered differently. (Credit: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images; click to enlarge.)

To most ears, it probably sounds inoffensive. A little outdated and clinical, perhaps, but innocuous enough: homosexual.But that five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more pejorative.

“ ‘Homosexual’ has the ring of ‘colored’ now, in the way your grandmother might have used that term, except that it hasn’t been recuperated in the same way,” said George Chauncey, a Yale professor of history and an author who studies gay and lesbian culture.

Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in any of those cases, and the terms suddenly become far less loaded, so that the ring of disapproval and judgment evaporates.

Some gay rights advocates have declared the term off limits. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or Glaad, has put “homosexual” on its list of offensive terms and in 2006 persuaded The Associated Press, whose stylebook is the widely used by many news organizations, to restrict use of the word.

More at the link.

The notion that the word “homosexual” has the ring of “colored” would be an inaccurate. Being a more clinical term, a better comparison word would be Negro, not colored. However, I won’t debate that, since the homosexual activists would never even examine that point rationally; they would only yell and scream about what they feel is right.

However, in the Official Stylebook of The First Street Journal, the proper word “homosexual”1 is always to be used; the word “gay,” which appropriately means “having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music. Synonyms: cheerful, gleeful, happy, glad, cheery, lighthearted, joyous, joyful, jovial; sunny, lively, vivacious, sparkling; chipper, playful, jaunty, sprightly, blithe,” the definition it had for many, many years before the homosexual activists managed to get hold of it, is the only acceptable definition for the word gay in our stylebook. At The First Street Journal, we do not misuse the language!

The homosexual left are, as you would guess, trying to manipulate the debate by manipulating the language; intelligent conservatives will not allow this to happen. “Gay” might be an all-too-convenient shorthand for the five syllables and ten letters of “homosexual,” but it conveys the implication that being homosexual is all of those things that the real definition of gay means, and that is certainly not the case. Homosexuals go through rather a lot of abuse growing up, as normal people taunt them and see them as disordered. The Catechism of the Catholic Church gets it about as right as I have ever seen it put:

  • §2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
  • §2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
  • §2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

To allow the homosexual activists attempt to seize control of the language, to slant debate in their direction, is not acceptable. The Times article continues, to give a brief history of how the word “gay” was co-opted, and how it is in more general misuse today, but we ought not to give in to that misuse.

  1. The term “lesbian” is appropriate and within the stylebook norms, because it is a clinical term referring to female homosexuals. The term “same-sex” may be substituted for prosaic reasons.

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