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View Diary: "We'll go where the facts take us": Interview with Paul Jay, IWT/The Real News, Part 3 (25 comments)

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  •  I know it wasn't. :-) (2+ / 0-)
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    But sometimes people should think about the words they use because they have other meanings.  What, after all is a eunuch?

    Me, I'm just a transsexual woman.

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    by rserven on Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 07:18:00 PM PST

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    •  I did think about those words (1+ / 0-)
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      before deciding whether to include them but I came to the (clearly mistaken) conclusion that no one would be offended by them. Interesting, because I generally dislike expressions that equate male gonads with courage. But I guess the word "eunuch" had such specifically historical connotations to me that I decided it was safe.

      •  Sometimes people forget... (0+ / 0-)

        ...the honored place of eunuchs in history and the special forgiveness provided to them in the Bible (not that I'm a christian, but hey), for example, when they consider who the modern version of eunuchs might be.  Perhpas if that word were thought about in that historical context, rather than as a word used to demean and disparage, people whould have such harsh thoughts about transsexual women.  Perhaps not.  It's hard to say, since nobody usually speaks up to try to get people to think.

        I'm not offended.  I am just stirring a pot.  Sometimes learning happens.  One never knows unless one tries.

        Robyn

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        by rserven on Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 07:55:36 PM PST

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        •  whould-->wouldn't (1+ / 0-)
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          by rserven on Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 07:56:42 PM PST

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        •  I didn't realize that the Bible (1+ / 0-)
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          even mentioned eunuchs, other than forbidding them (along with those with certain other permanent physical conditions) from entering the Temple. (That section of the Bible was covered in my bar mitzvah portion. I remember telling the rabbi that I didn't think this was fair.) So I just went on a little web search. Interesting how eunuchs appear in little corners of stories that I thought I knew more thoroughly.

          If I do a follow-up interview with Paul, I'll ask him what they plan to do in terms of covering gender and sexuality issues and including sexual minorities amog their hosts. You could ask him, too -- there's a question form on the IWT website.

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