Thursday, May 1, 2008

Lesbians don't want lesbians to call themselves Lesbian:

"It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world . . ."

Three islanders from Lesbos — home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women — have taken a gay rights group to court for using the word lesbian in its name.

One of the plaintiffs said Wednesday that the name of the association, Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece, "insults the identity" of the people of Lesbos, who are also known as Lesbians.

"My sister can't say she is a Lesbian," said Dimitris Lambrou. "Our geographical designation has been usurped by certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos," he said.

. . . Lambrou said the word lesbian has only been linked with gay women in the past few decades. "But we have been Lesbians for thousands of years," said Lambrou, who publishes a small magazine on ancient Greek religion and technology that frequently criticizes the Christian Church.

Update:
The BBC reports:
The islanders say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lesbian internationally.
You know this is serious when "human rights" are violated:
The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world.
Emphasis added.

1 Comment:

chiya said...

IMHO this isn't a very big deal. Other words have evolved - like "gay" means happy, and that used to be all it meant.