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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Nudging toward better vocabulary

I think that it is important to continue to nudge people toward using correct vocabulary. 

So, I posted this reply today to a person's comment to Jonathan's article.

Mike Jones Aug 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm               

"I would then ask, in the wider world what is bisexual synonymous with?  

I know it’s cumbersome to say, “same-sex sexual attractions” instead of “same-sex attractions,” but there is a significant difference between the two terms, even within the gay community as well as within the segment of the Christian community who experiences some level of same-sex sexual attractions, but who do not desire to express those attractions in intimate same-sex sexual behavior.  

Even the British or the American TV series Queer as Folk, expresses this. Most of our same-sex attractions are not sexual in that they do not trigger sexual arousal.  

Thus, I have not seen that the term, gay, used today in the wider world actually is synonymous with same-sex attraction. That would be offensive to people who are only heterosexually sexually attracted who are attracted to people of the same sex in a wide range of non-sexual ways."