Date: Mon, 31 Oct 1994 14:21:17 -0600 From: Michael Linn 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 heroine. What are the preferred terms in other parts of the country?