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Word "Lesbian" offensive to Greek islanders.

#1
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24386702/
ATHENS, Greece - A Greek court has been asked to draw the line between the natives of the Aegean Sea island of Lesbos and the world's gay women.

Three islanders from Lesbos — home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women — have taken a gay rights group to court for using the word lesbian in its name.

One of the plaintiffs said Wednesday that the name of the association, Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece, "insults the identity" of the people of Lesbos, who are also known as Lesbians.

"My sister can't say she is a Lesbian," said Dimitris Lambrou. "Our geographical designation has been usurped by certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos," he said.

The three plaintiffs are seeking to have the group barred from using "lesbian" in its name and filed a lawsuit on April 10. The other two plaintiffs are women.

Also called Mytilene, after its capital, Lesbos is famed as the birthplace of Sappho. The island is a favored holiday destination for gay women, particularly the lyric poet's reputed home town of Eressos.

"This is not an aggressive act against gay women," Lambrou said. "Let them visit Lesbos and get married and whatever they like. We just want (the group) to remove the word lesbian from their title."

He said the plaintiffs targeted the group because it is the only officially registered gay group in Greece to use the word lesbian in its name. The case will be heard in an Athens court on June 10.

'Lesbians for thousands of years'
Sappho lived from the late 7th to the early 6th century B.C. and is considered one of the greatest poets of antiquity. Many of her poems, written in the first person and intended to be accompanied by music, contain passionate references to love for other women.

Lambrou said the word lesbian has only been linked with gay women in the past few decades. "But we have been Lesbians for thousands of years," said Lambrou, who publishes a small magazine on ancient Greek religion and technology that frequently criticizes the Christian Church.

Very little is known of Sappho's life. According to some ancient accounts, she was an aristocrat who married a rich merchant and had a daughter with him. One tradition says that she killed herself by jumping off a cliff over an unhappy love affair.

Lambrou says Sappho was not gay. "But even if we assume she was, how can 250,000 people of Lesbian descent — including women — be considered homosexual?"

The Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece could not be reached for comment.

Dammit, we want the rainbow back too!

Wonder how this will pan out. Bit of turnabout.


Somehow I always knew I was a lesbian trapped in a mans body...
 
#6
fingers_1661 said:
What do we call the people of Wancum in Germany?

(Home of the last BP station before Holland!)
Germans?...... (and its Wankum isn't it?
 
#8
I wonder if the good people of Cockermouth in Cumbria will join in :D

after a quick looksee what about

Dildo in Canada
F**king in Austria
Intercourse, USA
Toad Suck, Arkansas, USA :twisted:
HH
 
#10
ah fuk man street and wan king path-both hong kong.
also the lee kee boat company(dont fancy their ships).
and who wants to live in the pak tin estate?
now I have always wondered what a gamorahing is.
as in sodom and gamorah?
does it involve bending down for soap-should we ask the royal navy?
 
#11
Stokey said:
Mr_Deputy said:
What about the fudge industry? They have rights too.
The job of putting fudge into boxes has been sullied by those who use the job as an ANALogy for homosexual practices.
Not to mention the staff of gentlemans outfitters up and down the land, hard at work lifting shirts onto shelves.
What about gardeners throughout the land, with allotments on slopes. How do you think they feel?
 
#12
hairyhandbag said:
I wonder if the good people of Cockermouth in Cumbria will join in :D

after a quick looksee what about

Dildo in Canada
F**king in Austria
Intercourse, USA
Toad Suck, Arkansas, USA :twisted:
HH
And what about:
C*nter - Switzerland
 
#13
hairyhandbag said:
I wonder if the good people of Cockermouth in Cumbria will join in :D

after a quick looksee what about

Dildo in Canada
F**king in Austria
Intercourse, USA
Toad Suck, Arkansas, USA :twisted:
HH
Or the poor people of W@nk in Bavaria, ******* the lot of them :D

edited can't say W@nk but ******* is ok...strange
 
#16
half my family are from the island in question, and the only thing i find offensive is that the "lady lovers" are not like how porno's lead us to believe :evil: :x
 
#17
lsquared said:
The word is offensive to me too - it signifies a reduction in opportuinities and a waste.
You can always turn bi, mate. Then you'll have twice the chance of scoring. :lol:
 
#18
While we're putting together a list of grievances, please don't forget the good people of Knob Lick, Missouri.

"Hi, I'm Bill, and I'm a..."
 
#19
And they don't find being called Greek offensive?
 

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