Alright, hold onto your hats, because the world’s going topsy-turvy. A storm is brewing, and it’s right at the heart of one of America’s most esteemed universities.
Ground Zero: The Glossary on Johns Hopkins Website
So here’s what happened. Johns Hopkins University, known for its cutting-edge research, decided to update its glossary of LGBTQ terms. But what was meant to be a helpful guide turned into a firestorm of controversy.
The term that triggered the uproar was “Lesbian”, which was redrafted to mean, “A non-man attracted to non-men.” Now, doesn’t that just tickle your curiosity?
The Fallout: Twitter Goes Berserk!
This redefinition didn’t sit well with quite a few folks. We’re talking big names here, like J.K. Rowling herself, who has been pretty vocal about their concerns. Can you guess what they’re worried about? You bet – they believe that this is a step towards erasing women from the conversation.
J.K. Rowling, queen of the wizarding world and self-proclaimed feminist, launched a scathing critique. She tweeted, “Man: no definition needed. Non-man (formerly known as a woman): a being definable only by reference to the male. An absence, a vacuum where there’s no man-ness.” A bit of a burn there, isn’t it?
Spotlight: The Lesbian Take
But what about the lesbians themselves? How are they responding to this paradigm shift? Carol Hatch, who identifies as a lesbian, is waving a flag of defiance against the new definition. To paraphrase her sentiment, “Why is a lesbian a non-man but a gay person isn’t a non-woman? Progressive misogyny?”
Backlash: Unleashing the Fury of the Internet
The conservative world of Twitter, meanwhile, is having a field day with this. Commentator Amy Curtis fumed, “What is this absolute nonsense @JohnsHopkins? ‘Non-men’? We are women. Stop erasing us.” Can you feel the heat from here?
And it’s not just conservative voices that are rattled. Sonia Gallego, an Al Jazeera reporter, put forth an unsettling question, “One of the most prestigious universities in the US @JohnsHopkins is actively destroying the category of women – adult human females. We are now to be referred to as ‘Non-men’.”
The Bottom Line: What’s Next?
So, folks, what’s going to happen now? Will the backlash lead to a rollback of the changes? Or are we standing at the edge of a new normal?
Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure – this debate is far from over. So, do you think Johns Hopkins was right in their redefinition? Or should we keep some things the way they are? We’re waiting to hear from you!