Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lesbians vs. lesbians

It seems that three folks from the island of Lesbos in Greece are suing a Greek lesbian organization over the term “lesbian.”

Lesbos was the home of the ancient poet, Sappho, who praised the love between women.

Technically, residents of Lesbos are Lesbians. However, they don’t like the connotation of the word so they’re suing a lesbian organization.

I can see how this might be confusing. Take the following scenario:

A young boy from Lesbos attends a boarding school in Athens and says to his father,

Kid: Daddy, someone at school called me a Lesbian, so I clocked him.

Dad: Son, why did you do that? We're proud to be Lesbians!

Kid: We are?

Dad: Yes, your grandfather was a Lesbian too. We've been Lesbians for generations.

Kid: What about Aunt Sophie?

Dad: No, Aunt Sophie's a "dyke". There's a big difference.

I noticed that the article never pointed out an obvious solution. The inhabitants of Lesbos are Lesbians with a capital L.

Women like Aunt Sophie - - with a lower-case L.

Maybe the inhabitants of Lesbos should just change their term to "Lesbonians."

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At 8:04 AM , Blogger Citymouse said...

I think you have been hanging around JP place too much!

At 11:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had rather be a Lesbian or lesbian, capital letters or not, then a queer like they used to be called. No one was from a place called Queersville. MA

At 1:47 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

That's just funny.


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