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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Who Are The Real Lesbians?

posted by on May 1 at 9:14 AM


I saw the headline yesterday and brushed it off as a last-day-of-April Fools joke. But no, it’s real: Campaigners on the Greek isle of Lesbos are going to court to wrangle exclusive rights to the term “Lesbian.”

BBC News reports:

The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians. Is it gay women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece’s third biggest island—plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos? The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world. He says it causes daily problems to the social life of Lesbos’s inhabitants.

In court papers, the plaintiffs allege that the Greek government is so embarrassed by the term Lesbian that it has been forced to rename the island after its capital, Mytilini. An early court date has now been set for judges to decide whether to grant an injunction against the Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece and to order it to change its name.

Good luck with that. Full story here.

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Lesbians should refer to themselves as Lambrousians from now on.

Posted by JC | May 1, 2008 9:20 AM

So relieved that I am not a lesbian. Or Lesbian, I suppose.

Posted by Non | May 1, 2008 9:21 AM

From now on homosexual women should be officially refered to as "carpet munchers".

Posted by Providence | May 1, 2008 9:26 AM

Between this and Macedonia, someone needs to tell the Greeks that they don't have exclusive rights to Nouns.

Posted by mpc | May 1, 2008 9:30 AM

Why don't we just shift the burden and call them lebanese?

Posted by Lou | May 1, 2008 9:31 AM

Let's just call them what they are: bitches.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 1, 2008 9:34 AM

ew .... messy

Posted by OR Matt | May 1, 2008 9:36 AM

i hear 1893 wants in on that suit.

Posted by infrequent | May 1, 2008 9:38 AM

If I'm not mistaken, I'm not really sure that homosexual women had much say in what they are refered to.

Posted by OR Matt | May 1, 2008 9:41 AM

But . . . what are you trying to say about Peppermint Patty and Marcie?

Posted by Levislade | May 1, 2008 9:47 AM

Hahaha. Yeah. That's gonna work...

"Lesbian" has been the accepted term for gay women around the world for decades. Regardless of the outcome of this silly lawsuit, you cannot un-ring that bell.

Posted by SDA in SEA | May 1, 2008 9:48 AM

is is this so, then how come people from crete aren't called cretins, or people from rhodes rhodies?

mr. poe, get back to work!

Posted by scary tyler moore | May 1, 2008 9:51 AM

I don't see what the big deal is. If I remember my vacation in Lesbos well, they have pretty much the same cultural identity. They're both kind of crunchy granola nature types and enjoy a diet consisting mainly of fish.

Posted by Ryno | May 1, 2008 9:56 AM

I agree w/ #11; my only question is, why do gay women need a special title anyway? I mean, straight men and women, they're all just "straight." Why are gay men and women called two different things?

Posted by DanFan | May 1, 2008 10:17 AM

LEBISIAN (pronounced LA-BEE-JIAN) is now the new Lesbian. Please make a note of it.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | May 1, 2008 10:19 AM

What if they're a Lesbian from the Isle of Man?

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 1, 2008 10:20 AM

Wait a minute . . . people from Crete ARE called Cretins. And what's wrong with calling them dykes?

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | May 1, 2008 10:33 AM

So if you're a gay woman living on Lesbos, can you say you're a Lesbian lesbian?

Posted by Jo | May 1, 2008 10:55 AM

I got nothin'.

Posted by Greg | May 1, 2008 11:11 AM

i like le-bee-thans better

Posted by Bellevue Ave | May 1, 2008 11:17 AM

This is very similar to Rick Santorum's predicament. They should have trademarked their name. They've lost their valuable brand-recognition and will never get it back.

Posted by inkweary | May 1, 2008 11:57 AM

@17 - I think you mean Cretans. And Corsica has Corsicans.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 1, 2008 12:27 PM

Cretin's derived from Christian, not Crete.

Posted by UnoriginalAndrew | May 1, 2008 1:20 PM

After the island changes its name from Lesbos to Mytilini, gay women should totally start calling themselves Mytilinese, just to spite 'em.

Posted by miss_m | May 1, 2008 5:03 PM

Wait until the citizens of the island of Faggotia hear of this ...

Posted by Bob | May 1, 2008 6:28 PM

I don't understand. Who exactly are they suing, and in what court?

Posted by Chris in Tampa | May 2, 2008 3:46 AM

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