15 Feb 2010 0
Words matter. If you were in doubt, here‘s the proof.
According to a CBS/New York Times poll, 70% of Americans support ‘gay men and lesbians’ serving in the military. But when it comes to ‘homosexuals’, it’s a different matter – only 59% are in favour of them serving.
Kate Harding at Salon.com says the poll provides hard evidence in support of activists who insist that word choice is important, and who are “widely dismissed as free speech-hating PC whiners who need to get a life”. Indeed.