Response to La Lioness Priyanka (Original post)
Mon Mar 26, 2012, 12:00 PM
saras (6,670 posts)
13. Wow. I never associated "breeder" with LBGT until now - that's not how it was used...
...when I heard it - a lot, in conversation, mostly before the internet was important (eighties and early nineties) it was used by mostly heterosexual professionals who had chosen to not have kids, or to have kids late in life, for people who had kids in their twenties and - at this time, when it wasn't either the norm or legally required - expected the whole work world to bend over for their priorities.
I tended to be on the breeders' side, and thought that our society needed to be more child-friendly, but the reality is that it was not - corporations that offered child-friendly work environments were rare, and considered to be primo workplaces
If, in that world, a professional LBGT couple had had kids in their twenties or early thirties and started pressing their work environment to accommodate them, they might have been called breeders too, but it didn't happen often enough for me to hear much about it.
And once again, I just don't buy the "words are offensive and we have to quit using them" argument EVER. There just isn't any master authority that gets to decide what everyone means by a word and what emotional context they intend it to have. Personally I've never heard "breeder" used in an unfriendly manner - not saying it hasn't been, especially, say, in the world of right-wing hate speech - but in the real world I just never heard it happen before the word disappeared. And the concept of taboo is too powerful and useful to waste on words like this.
One of these days, we will treat corrupt politicians with the same disdain which with we treat child molesters. I'm ready to start today.
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