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“Straight”

When we term heterosexuals as ‘straight’, doesn’t it automatically imply that homesexual/transexual/transgender people are ‘crooked’ or ‘twisted’ in some way?

I have even wondered where the term originated and if anyone else shares my dislike/repulsion of the adjective.

I received the following comment on Facebook against a similar status update:

“The word origin is disputed but it is widely believed that the nomenclature was done by the homosexual community to highlight how “straight and narrow” a heterosexual’s world view was.”

Arijit Sen

If this is true, I appreciate and understand the appropriateness of the tag. However, this term depresses me. As a heterosexual woman who is appalled at any kind of discrimination, I would love to see this term losing ground and finally disappearing altogether.

 

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