End of ADS-L Digest - 1 Mar 1996 to 2 Mar 1996 ********************************************** There are 3 messages totalling 70 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. gay (2) 2. Oxymorons ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 3 Mar 1996 07:45:30 -0500 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: gay re: the recent query about _gay_ meaning 'male homosexual' i just read a newsletter for a gay and lesbian organization that repeatedly used the phrase "lesbians and gay women" in an article about a women's health retreat. now, i know that there's some difference in identity with the two terms, but i'd never seen the terms so blatantly contrasted, i assume in an effort for inclusive language. (it was a south african newsletter, so i wonder if this usage has anything to do w/ the rather hard-and-fast butch/femme role- taking here--the "lesbians" being the butches and the "gay women" the femmes.) antipodally, lynne m. --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]muse.arts.wits.ac.za Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA )