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Thread #119441 Message #2591537
Posted By: Joe Offer
18-Mar-09 - 02:37 AM
Thread Name: Homophobia in Playground Rhymes
Subject: RE: Homophobia in Playground Rhymes
Small point, Kent, but I think the term "homophobia" is a bit broader. A definition from the dictionary.com Website, which is based on the Random House Dictionary, says homophobia is unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality.. The Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary cited at the Website calls it irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.
Most of the "phobias" are fears - but the term "homophobia" seems to be used for both fear and prejudice.
Funny how our language develops - often, it doesn't follow rules.