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January 11, 2014

Homophobia is an inaccurate, loaded term and should be discontinued

Filed under: Issues...the world...etc.. — Tags: , , — allthatiswrong @ 1:55 pm

The term homophobia continually frustrates me. Specifically the phobia suffix. Taken literally it would mean a fear of men, however it is in essence a shortened version of homosexual-phobia. The problem is that this is a loaded word. Not everyone who thinks being homosexual is wrong thinks so due to fear. It’s entirely possible to have no fear of gay people and to simply think it is wrong, because your religion says so is just one example.

Using the term homophobia is equivalent to anti-abortionists calling themselves pro-life, implying abortionists are supportive of murder. The queer community tends to be progressive(also a loaded term) and having had to deal with these types of tactics, should understand the problem with using them. Anti-gay or some such is a far more accurate term, without having to resort to trying to frame or characterize opponents of homosexuality.

A final note, the word is different from hydrophobia, which has a similar misuse. Hydrophobia is a word that evolved naturally as our language changed. Homophobia was deliberately chosen as a weapon. I would think such tactics are beneath the queer community. At least, they should be.

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  1. You say: “Taken literally it would mean a fear of men”. “Homo” does not mean “man” but “same”. Hence the origin of the word “homogenous”. Homophobia therefore literally translates to “fear of the same”, which of course is an utterly meaningless thing to say.

    Comment by Hayden — May 18, 2014 @ 11:09 am


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