Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Yesterday was International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Yesterday was International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and I missed it. I didn't see anything anywhere about it.  The mayor and the council must of missed it too, but not the president. To read his statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia follow this link.

"Transphobia" is not fear of people from Transylvania related to the Dracula legend but according to the Cambridge online Dictionary is "a fear or dislike of transgender people."  It is a relatively new term and did not make it's appearance until the 1990's.  I guess you can take any word of add "phobia" to it and make a new word. I have politicalcorrectnessphobia which is fear and dislike of political correctness. I also have biggovernmentphobia which is fear and dislike of big government.

Here are some other phobias. Alliumphobia is fear of garlic. Didaskaleinophobia is fear of going to school. As a kid up until about 7th grade I hated going to school.  I don't know it was a phobia or not but I didn't like going to school. Pogonophobia is fear of beards. Sesquipedalophobia is fear of long words. Venustraphobia or caligynephobia is the fear of beautiful women.  As a young man I used to get tongue tied and nervous around beautiful women but at some point I got over it. I have been cured!  Coulrophobia is fear of clowns.  I don't have it but I don't much like clowns.  I hate mimes. Metamfiezomaiophobia is fear of mimes. I don't fear them; I just don't much like clowns.  The way phobia-words are used now, I guess you do not have to "fear" it to have a phobia of it. If you do not like something or disagree with the agenda of some group you are said to have whatever-it-is-phobia.  Calling something a "phobia" has become a way to enforce politically correct thinking.  For a list of other phobias follow this link.

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