‘Times’: A Queer Downplay


Speaking of munching, the staid Times deigned not to play up a really funny overseas story that the staid BBC heralds on its home page:

“Lesbos locals lose attempt to ban use of the term ‘lesbian'”

The story is juicy, and at least the Times has it, lodged deep within its site, thanks to a Reuters dispatch. Here it is in its entirety:

“Greece: Suit to Prohibit Use of ‘Lesbian’ Dismissed”

Published: July 23, 2008

A Greek court has dismissed a request by residents of the island of Lesbos to prohibit the use of the word lesbian to describe gay women, a ruling released Tuesday said. Three residents of Lesbos, the birthplace of the ancient Greek poet Sappho, whose love poems inspired the term lesbian, filed suit last month, contending that their identity was insulted by the use of the word in reference to gay women. The court said that the word did not define the identity of Lesbos residents, and so could be used legitimately by gay groups in Greece and abroad.

Next thing you know, people on the island of Lipstick will want to stop lesbians from using that word.

Don’t worry, straight men: There’s no hint of an attempt to ban the use of lipstick-lesbian porn.