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  •  and! this is interesting! a man offended by D word (2+ / 0-)
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    When the Dykes on Bikes tried to trademark the name around 2005, this lovely man Michael McDermott objected, saying the word dyke was offensive to ... wait for it  ... MEN:

    McDermott complained to the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in 2005 after the agency relented to the San Francisco motorcycle club and granted it exclusive rights to the name Dykes on Bikes.

    McDermott said the name is "disparaging to men and is scandalous and immoral." When the patent office rejected his claim, he took the agency to court.

    In the arguments he filed with the patent office and in court, he stated his opposition to any trademark for a group associated with the annual Dyke March, which he dubbed "the Annual Illegal San Francisco Dyke Hate Riot."

    He said he and all men are subject to criminal attacks and civil right violations during the march, and said the word dyke is associated with a "deep obsessive hatred of men and the male gender."

    His objection was shot down 3-0 by US Court of Appeals panel. But - I had no idea, this is fascinating.

    Source: Man has no legal grounds for objecting to 'Dykes on Bikes,' court says

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