Date: Mon, 31 Oct 1994 14:21:17 -0600

From: Michael Linn mlinn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]D.UMN.EDU

Subject: Preferred Terms

We have had a discussion about abusive terms, but I would like to

know more about preferred terms. What is the best way to address

groups one is a member of. From the above mentioned discussion,

it seems that there are regional differences and maybe

generational ones. In Northern Minnesota, indigenous people

want to be called *American Indian*, not *Native American* and

friends at the Gay Men's Center want to be called *queers* (a

term I have trouble using with my upbringing) and wear such

buttons. Also, most feminists prefer generic terms such as actor

and hero instead of gender specific terms such as actress and


What are the preferred terms in other parts of the country?