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Militant Anti-theist

I agree, which is why I find the use of the word “Islamophobia” to be problematic. It seems to me the term “Islamophobia” has amalgamated criticism of Islam with hatred of Muslims, which is disingenuous and harmful, because it suggests that you can’t do the one without automatically being guilty of the other. Islamophobia is now even used by some to describe a hatred of brown people in general, which has enabled some people to accuse anyone who criticizes or mocks Islam of being racist. I resent such amalgamations, and I think it’s unhelpful to say the least to try… Read more »

Gussie Jives

My biggest issue in conversations comes when I deploy the word “sexist” or
“misogynist” against say GamerGaters or those that defend Hitman
Absolution’s use of strippers. I really wish this word either didn’t raise
hackles as much or we had a word to describe the subtle prejudice that
underlies these attitudes.

Still… the words must bite. Otherwise, they won’t shame.

Shill Master

You make some very interesting points about not being a “word nazi”, and in general I’d agree with you. I can’t help but feel that the definition someone uses matters though. A concern I have with calling any prejudice “sexism” or “racism” is that it might equate between prejudice against men and women, or Caucasians and African Americans. Generally, prejudice is pretty bad on it’s own, but when it’s against marginalized groups and it has structural support it’s much worse. That’s the main reason why I think the distinction is important. Of course, ranting like I just did about a… Read more »


Dillahunty is atheist+ cultist.

*PS: Many words does not make a better argument. You could have made your
points much shorter and clean.*


Nine times in ten, when people squabble over definitions like this, what
they decidedly are *not* doing is attempting to clarify meaning. That is,
they are not trying to settle upon a denotation, they are seeking to
conscript the aid of a connotation, either pejorative or honorific. This
is an extremely crude and transparent ploy, and no one of the slightest
acuity has much excuse for getting entangled in it. I prefer to simply ask
people their definitions and strangle them with rope of their own supply.

“I say again to you sir, define your terms, or we will never understand
each other.”


Dennis Moore

Like anything we can approach linguistics questions from many angles. This will be very lame from a post, bur bear with me. If I approached physically you and asked if you had two 5 dollars bills, what would be your assumptions? That I had a 10 dollar bill and I needed change, and not that I wanted the information if you had or not said bills. That is silly, but it points to another dimension of the terms, else we will come back to stupid discussions about the religious beliefs of rocks (while at the same time having the audacity… Read more »