Lesbians v lesbians in Athens

A Greek court will decide whether or not to ban the use of the word “lesbian” to describe gay women.

Three residents of the Aegean island of Lesbos brought the case, claiming that the use of the term insulted their identity. One of the islanders wore a badge reading “I am Paul, and I am a Lesbian” and later unfurled a banner which said “If you are not from Lesbos, you are not a Lesbian”.

The court did not say how it would implement a ban if it decided in favour of the islanders. The evolution of language is a force of nature, unsusceptible to legislation. It is ironic that while most of the island’s inhabitants are quite happy to go with the linguistic flow, it is the Lesbian bigots who are trying to put a finger in the dyke.

UPDATE: The Lesbians lost.

5 Responses to “Lesbians v lesbians in Athens”

  1. Phil says:

    This must all be terribly confusing for Lesbian lesbians.

  2. Britannia says:

    “….it is the Lesbian bigots who are trying to put a finger in the dyke.” Very funny, nice one centurion!

  3. martyn says:

    When ever I read the name Lesbos I just here it being said in the voice of Mr/Miss Garrison from Southpark. It’ll be the Persians next with blue carpet and gold curtain rods.

  4. Stuart H. says:

    Christian is a common surname round here.

    a fiendish plan occurs to me…..!