Word Up

09Jan14

The words “homophobia” and “homophobic” really bother me because they’re inaccurate. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a ‘phobia’ as “an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something”. People who are homophobic aren’t scared or averse to homosexuals, they just hate them.

People are said to suffer from a phobia. Are homophobic people suffering? Describing them this way turns them into victims. Did Hitler have phobias? Was HE a victim?

Unless we find a word that describes hatred and prejudice against a particular group we should stop calling it a ‘phobia’ because it isn’t one, it’s a hatred.

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