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Reverse discrimination! [May. 3rd, 2004|08:50 pm]
Zoethe
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We were just sitting down to dinner when the phone rang. As soon as I picked it up, I knew it was a solicitation call, but now that the insurance and credit card companies aren't calling I am a little more patient.

The call was from GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Before a polite pause let me explain that I was already an HRC member, the woman had pointed out that this year has been particularly vitriolic and that they were on a special campaign to combat against it and increased membership was an excellent way of showing strength in numbers, and would I please consider joining?

I agreed to join at the Family level, a fact that solicited so much ebullience that I suspect it had been a rather dry night for her. I gave her all the necessary information, and at the end of that she asked, "Since you joined at the family level, may I assume you have a partner whose name we could also add to the membership."

"Yes," I responded.

"Great, and what is her name?"

I giggled. "His, actually."

I heard her gasp. "Oh my gawd, I shouldn't assume! I'm sorry!"

I was laughing, and Ferrett called out, "Does that mean we're out of the club?"

"Not if he shaves his legs," she quipped, obviously recovered from the moment by the fact that we were amused.

I was both amused by her assumption and made a little sad to think that it seemed only natural to her that anyone willing to support the alliance would be gay. If you have a few extra sheckels, consider joining or making a donation. And if you're straight, be sure to let them know that you stand with them. Because right is right.
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[User Picture]From: rhapsody_98
2004-05-04 01:23 am (UTC)
I knew a guy who shaved his legs once, just because he wanted to. He wasn't on the swim team or anything. His girlfriend said she shaved more often than she did.

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[User Picture]From: lordindra
2004-05-04 01:27 am (UTC)
Its off topic... but why is it reverse discrimination? Discrimination is discrimination, to reverse it would be to have acceptance.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-04 01:29 am (UTC)
Um, because I was trying to be clever? Discrimination against the "majority" is generally referred to as reverse....
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[User Picture]From: lordindra
2004-05-04 01:40 am (UTC)
Sorry... its just one of my pet peeves... its a term I hate. I understand what its intended to mean, just one thing I don't like very much.
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[User Picture]From: bleiweiss
2004-05-04 02:03 am (UTC)

Language Nazi!

I put my PIN Number into the ATM Machine the other day.

TAKE THAT, LANGUAGE NAZI!

BB
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-04 02:22 am (UTC)

Re: Language Nazi!

I'm sure that makes sense on your planet....

;-)
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[User Picture]From: lordindra
2004-05-04 03:06 am (UTC)
Normally I don't mind stuff like that, ATM Machine at least makes logical sense. Redundant perhaps, but it doesn't create some glaring opposite meaning.

It also annoys me that it suggests discrimination from a minority is a seperate thing from discrimination from a majority. Similar to my annoyance at the concept of a "hate crime"... why is one motivation to beat someone up worse than another? It creates the same harm.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-04 02:22 am (UTC)
I never really considered it that way before. Interesting.
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[User Picture]From: conuly
2004-05-04 05:02 am (UTC)
*gigglesnorts* This made my day. Thankies.
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[User Picture]From: scarletdemon
2004-05-04 08:30 am (UTC)
Ferrett is a MAN?!

Sorry, couldn't help myself. That's very funny, I like the idea of Ferrett hearing your half of the conversation and joining in :).

I'm surrounded by bloody gay people in Brighton, hehehe, reverse discrimination is a way of life...I'm just seen as a "breeder" in these parts! ;) But I wouldn't have it any other way.

BTW, when people flash their working-class credentials and make out that you can't possibly know anything unless you are (or have been) poor...I like the term "inverted snobbery". Dunno if the grammar Nazis would approve of that expression. Don't care either.
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[User Picture]From: sassamifrass
2004-05-04 11:20 am (UTC)
*grins* :D
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From: random123
2004-05-04 02:45 pm (UTC)

Language

I was both amused by her assumption and made a little sad to think that it seemed only natural to her that anyone willing to support the alliance would be gay. If you have a few extra sheckels, consider joining or making a donation. And if you're straight, be sure to let them know that you stand with them. Because right is right.

Just going off on a tangent here (when do I not?), but if homosexuals are referred to as 'bent', and heterosexuals are referred to as 'straight', can't bisexuals have their own term?

How about: squiggly

Nu?


BTW I just love that icon. Is it someone I should recognize? Mind if I steal, errr, take on extended loan, the concept?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-04 03:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Language

Icon is Vampire Willow from Season Three of Buffy. It's a quote from when not Vampire Willow meets her doppleganger. Don't mind you stealing the concept, will be interested in seeing the results.

Squiggly? Squirmy??

;-)
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[User Picture]From: spreadsothin
2004-05-05 12:47 am (UTC)

Re: Language

"Curvy" is a term I've heard employed.
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From: random123
2004-05-06 08:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Language

Hmmm, curvy just sounds so wishy-washy to me.

To each their own I guess.
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