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Angry Lesbians

Campaigners from the Greek island of Lesbos are suing a Greek gay group to prevent them from using the word "lesbian" in their name, claiming that the use of the word "Lesbian" to refer to a sexual orientation has made things awkward for them:
In court papers, the plaintiffs allege that the Greek government is so embarrassed by the term Lesbian that it has been forced to rename the island after its capital, Mytilini.
If they succeed, they plan to take the fight across the world to claim the word "Lesbian" back. Of which, of course, they stand about as much chance as Xerox and Band-Aid have of reclaiming their trademarks from generic use, hackers have of claiming the word "hacker" back from those who break into computers, or (your favourite music genre) has of dissociating itself from (watered-down commercial variant thereof).

There are 2 comments on "Angry Lesbians":

Posted by: Owen http://owen.massey.net/ Thu May 1 14:01:29 2008

I was going to suggest "Former Sexual Orientation of Lesbian", but the abbreviation would conflict with Future Sound of London.

Posted by: acb http://dev.null.org/acb/ Thu May 1 21:55:13 2008

Bravo!

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