Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Crusade of the Lesbian Man

Via Arts and Letters Daily.....A man from Lesbos wants gay women to stop using his island's name.

Lambrou filed a petition for a temporary injunction in an Athens court. He wanted to keep OLKE, Greece's gay and lesbian association, from continuing to use the word "lesbian." Lambrou himself was born on the island of Lesbos, the home of the poet Sappho, classical muse of all women who love women. Lambrou happens to love his native Lesbos. OLKE, he insists, has stolen the word "lesbian." Women from Lesbos are constantly confused with lesbian women, says Lambrou, who believes real Lesbians can only exist on Lesbos.

I sympathize with him, but changes in lexicon are part of human history and pretty much irreversible once they've become widespread.

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