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The Associated Press has decided the word should not be used in print.

by Anonymousreply 1912/06/2012

Hmm

by Anonymousreply 112/06/2012

It's overused to the point that it's meaningless.

by Anonymousreply 212/06/2012

I don't mind AP not using it. It won't disappear from common usage.

I do wish, though, that people wouldn't misuse the word. It's an intense hatred for gays stemming from fear, not discrimination, and certainly not a failure to present a gay TV character in a positive light.

by Anonymousreply 312/06/2012

The AP does plan to use the term anti-gay, per the story, which makes more sense for general usage since it covers bigotry based on fear as well as irrational hatred.

by Anonymousreply 412/06/2012

I actually like anti-gay better. "Homophobia" sounds like someone has an affliction and they can't help themselves.

by Anonymousreply 512/06/2012

Please give the details, OP. It didn't say it should "not be used in print" but that odds are it's being overused and often incorrectly.

by Anonymousreply 612/06/2012

agree with r5. The 'phobia' part makes it sound clinical like the person needs medical care.

Anti-gay or 'bigot' is more like it. Most of these people despise gays more than fear them.

by Anonymousreply 712/06/2012

Which was the AP's point, r5. It's not denying the existence of the word, it's just decided it's not used correctly. (But this doesn't really explain why they allow the misuse of so many other words... )

~~~~ The Associated Press has nixed "homophobia," "ethnic cleansing," and a number of other terms from its Style Book in recent months.

[bold]The online Style Book now says that "-phobia," "an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness" should not be used "in political or social contexts," including "homophobia" and "Islamophobia." It also calls "ethnic cleansing" a "euphemism," and says the AP "does not use 'ethnic cleansing' on its own. It must be enclosed in quotes, attributed and explained." [/bold]

"Ethnic cleansing is a euphemism for pretty violent activities, a phobia is a psychiatric or medical term for a severe mental disorder. Those terms have been used quite a bit in the past, and we don't feel that's quite accurate," AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn told POLITICO.

"When you break down 'ethnic cleansing,' it's a cover for terrible violent activities. It's a term we certainly don't want to propgate," Minthorn continued. "Homophobia especially -- it's just off the mark. It's ascribing a mental disability to someone, and suggests a knowledge that we don't have. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: anti-gay, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case."

"We want to be precise and accurate and neutral in our phrasing," he said.

The changes made to the online Style Book will appear in next year's printed edition.

by Anonymousreply 812/06/2012

The Associated Press has nixed "homophobia," "ethnic cleansing," and a number of other terms from its Style Book in recent months.

The online Style Book now says that "-phobia," "an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness" should not be used "in political or social contexts," including "homophobia" and "Islamophobia." It also calls "ethnic cleansing" a "euphemism," and says the AP "does not use 'ethnic cleansing' on its own. It must be enclosed in quotes, attributed and explained."

"Ethnic cleansing is a euphemism for pretty violent activities, a phobia is a psychiatric or medical term for a severe mental disorder. Those terms have been used quite a bit in the past, and we don't feel that's quite accurate," AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn told POLITICO.

"When you break down 'ethnic cleansing,' it's a cover for terrible violent activities. It's a term we certainly don't want to propgate," Minthorn continued. "Homophobia especially -- it's just off the mark. It's ascribing a mental disability to someone, and suggests a knowledge that we don't have. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: anti-gay, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case."

"We want to be precise and accurate and neutral in our phrasing," he said.

The changes made to the online Style Book will appear in next year's printed edition.

by Anonymousreply 912/06/2012

A phobia is usually based on a traumatic experience that took place in childhood and may be long forgotten by the conscious mind while being still a very bid deal in the subconscious mind.

Why should have a bigot have the luxury of a mental health condition?

by Anonymousreply 1012/06/2012

I actually think homophobia is fine, the equivalent of "racism" but against gay people. Many words are built of component parts and drift away from their original meanings. What's the big deal?

I suppose homophobes respond to the word homophobia with "I'm not AFRAID of gay people. I just don't like them," so in that light I suppose anti-gay is better.

by Anonymousreply 1112/06/2012

r11, I've seen that kind of derailing happen often in conversations about gay marriage or whether actors should be free to come out. The other person digs their heels in and constantly repeats, "You called me a homophobe, but I'm not afraid of gay people. I just have a different opinion. [italic]You're[/italic] the biased one!" And then the whole conversation becomes about the meaning of homophobia rather than the fact that the person hates gays.

by Anonymousreply 1212/06/2012

I'm no homophobe, but ...

by Anonymousreply 1312/06/2012

There are people who are not afraid of gays who oppose our rights. They are motivated by politics or religion. Homophobes are a large part of the anti-gay coalition, but using a broader term is more accurate.

by Anonymousreply 1412/06/2012

I think some homophobic people when shown how normal gay people are can over come their phobia, but anti-gay bigots just hate no matter how much one tries to educate them about gay people.

by Anonymousreply 1512/06/2012

I'm a masculine gay guy/jock type who cringes when in the company of obviously femme guys. Does that make me homophobic? Seriously femme guys just give me the willies.

by Anonymousreply 1612/06/2012

Yes, R16.

by Anonymousreply 1712/06/2012

No there aren't R14. It is strictly irrational mental illness, not a legitimate political or social position at all. It is clearly the right which is running AP, but we knew that. That was the whole point of the Associated Press, to impose a right wing political angle on all news which Americans read.

by Anonymousreply 1812/06/2012

No, R16, it means you have trollitis.

by Anonymousreply 1912/06/2012
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