Usurped by certain ladies

sappho

Hey, ladies! You … yes, you gay ladies! Stop that usurping right now! Now!

(Athens) A Greek court has been asked to draw the line between the natives of the Aegean Sea island of Lesbos and the world’s gay women.

Three islanders from Lesbos – home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women – have taken a gay rights group to court for using the word lesbian in its name.

One of the plaintiffs said Wednesday that the name of the association, Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece, “insults the identity” of the people of Lesbos, who are also known as Lesbians.

“My sister can’t say she is a Lesbian,” said Dimitris Lambrou. “Our geographical designation has been usurped by certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos,” he said.

[…]

Also called Mytilene, after its capital, Lesbos is famed as the birthplace of Sappho. The island is a favored holiday destination for gay women, particularly the lyric poet’s reputed home town of Eressos.

“This is not an aggressive act against gay women,” Lambrou said. “Let them visit Lesbos and get married and whatever they like. We just want (the group) to remove the word lesbian from their title.”

The Lesbosian dialect is a bit tricky. Allow me to translate:

“Your dyke dollars are all good, please keep those coming, but this one group — one of thousands of groups all over the planet to use the word “lesbian” — has to change its name so no one thinks my sister is a goddamned muff diver.”

Good luck with that…

Sappho, oil painting by Charles-Auguste Mengin (1877)

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5 Responses

  1. That Sappho looks a lot like Miley Cyrus.

    No, really.

  2. Why don’t they (the ‘residents’ of Lesbos) turn this into a marketing opportunity instead of a battle???
    Adverts for tourism saying: “Come, visit the beautiful Island of Lesbos – where everyone is a Lesbian for a day! Lesbian nights are up to you!”
    T-shirts “I am an honorary Lesbian” (w/a picture from the island accompanying it….)
    I think the persons having the problems w/the whole Lesbian angle are in need of serious counselling about their own gender ident issues. Or, did some religio-nutjob from Reichwing Amerikkka move there in order to spread the hate?
    Hey, I resent the Chimpy McShartpants saying he’s a Texan – but I am not going to waste my time and money to tell him he can’t…but if I was ever given the chance, I would bitch slap the hell outta the little shitwhistle. (even if I do view myself as a misplaced New Orleanian, I respect my birthplace)
    Power to the usurping ladies!
    Elspeth

  3. It is really amazing when someone has no knowledge of greek hirtory claim that Sappho was a lesbian. Since homosexuality was not very highly estimated in ancient Greece. In order to comprehent that you have to know the ancient Greek language in order to understand certain meaning. So do not haste to make assumtions when yuo do not know

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