5/01/2008

Lesbians are not mad on lesbians

I had a wry chuckle when I learnt that the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop a gay rights organisation from using the term "lesbian".

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.

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.

So it comes down to this, who really is a lesbian?

The 100,000 people living on Greece's third biggest island - plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos? Or women who engage in same sex activity?

The term lesbian came about because of the Greek poet Sappho of Lesbos. Despite the fact that she was a prolific writer of passionate poetry, so passionate that Plato lifted her up to the rank of muse, so little remains in tact today.

The only complete piece of her poetry left is "The Hymn to Aphrodite"

Lesbians (sexual kind) are incorrect to describe Sappho as homosexual. She was an aristocrat who married a prosperous merchant and she had a daughter named Cleis.

I personally can't see this court case working out. Lesbian, the sexual kind, has become a part of popular culture, for right or wrong.

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