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Most people aren't actually homophobic, that's being afraid of someone gay. Most just don't agree with them, yet everybody accuses them as being homophobic, amirite?

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inb4 scrantoncity and Amish_Allosaurus come and start arguing about gay being a horrible sin.

Blearslyrarers avatar Blearslyrarer Yeah You Are +10Reply

OPEN UP A FUCKING DICTIONARY

@ultispy Okay then.

Seriously, this has been repeated so many times on this site, yet people fail to comprehend what the word "homophobia" means.

Dictionary.com: homophobia - unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.

World English Dictionary: homophobia - intense hatred or fear of homosexuals or homosexuality

Medical Dictionary: homophobia - irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals

Wikipedia: homophobia - a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and in some cases transgender and intersex people; definitions refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and irrational fear

@DanielJames Seriously, this has been repeated so many times on this site, yet people fail to comprehend what the word...

"unreasoning" "intense hatred" "irrational" All of these make these definitions inapplicable to the usage at hand. Wikipedia's definition is the only one that actually encompasses the way we use the term now, but wikipedia is not a dictionary.

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@VictoryAAC "unreasoning" "intense hatred" "irrational" All of these make these definitions inapplicable to the usage at hand...

...what? I really do not understand what you're trying to say, whatsoever. It sounds like you're just picking and choosing phrases out of the definitions...

All of the above definitions relate to how homophobia refers to both fear of homosexuals AND dislike of homosexuals.

The "correct" word would be homosexist - discrimination/prejudice against people who are homosexual.

But slang can change the meaning of a word over time - and, homophobia started because people who dislike homosexuals are afraid of what they perceive civil rights will do to their society. And, like most phobias, it is irrational.

Simons avatar Simon No Way +1Reply

Well if you were against blacks getting married, you'd be racist so now the connotation of homophobia has been included for those who don't want gays to get married.

As I have stated before, the denotation (dictionary definition, literal definition) is "A person who is scared of gay people." The connotation (the way society uses it, the way that matters because they aren't going to change) is "A person who dislikes gay people."

Get over that fact that people use connotations in daily life. It happens. A lot. Nobody cares.

Sorens avatar Soren No Way 0Reply

Toothbrushes don't actually brush our teeth, they clean them. Guess we shouldn't call them that.

@plotbunnyhunter Toothbrushes don't actually brush our teeth, they clean them. Guess we shouldn't call them that.

To continue in your line of logic:

Hair brushes do not actually brush your hair, they just straighten it.

Come on now. Toothbrushes brush the gunk off your teeth. Cleaning is why we brush.

VictoryAACs avatar VictoryAAC Yeah You Are 0Reply
@VictoryAAC To continue in your line of logic: Hair brushes do not actually brush your hair, they just straighten it. Come...

Actually I have curly hair and I don't think any brush in the world will straighten it. And I was just trying to make a point that the technical meaning of the parts that a word is made up of doesn't necessarily have to correspond to the meaning of the whole term. Like the French word for a tip that you give a waitor means "for drink," but it's not literally for drinks.

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