The word "homophobic" should be banned
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Firstly, I will approach this from a logical point of view. If one was to go about banning a word, how would you do it? In what way is it possible to ban the use of a particular word entirely? You can ban the use of it in newspapers, music, T.V and other media through censorship, you can make it an offense to use the word, and you can provide the next generation with education on how not to use that word. Except, you can"t. In order to do all three, and effectively "ban" the word, you would need to have a fully autocratic society and make yourself the supreme ruler. Even then, you could only control usage of this word within the confines of your country"s borders. The only way to completely ban a word then, is to become the autocratic dictator of the entire world. But even that won"t cut it. You would have to ban every derivative, synonym and Poecilonym that people can come up with. Even if you are somehow able to do that, how do you enforce it? Come on.
As mentioned in the Oxford Dictionary definition for the word "Homophobia", it doesn"t imply anyone has to exhibit unmasculine traits. It means you dislike gay people.
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it is not difficult to ban words. There are lots of words that have been banned, such as "faggot" and "nigger"; you could go to jail for calling someone those words. I would like to see people go to jail for calling me a homophobe. I the right to protect my family without being demonized for doing so.
Now, about this child molestation concern. You do indeed have the right, as a parent, to worry about the safety of your children, and a desire to protect them is indeed understandable. However, basing the way you treat someone based solely on the actions of the few is wrong in the first place. And to say that someone "should not have rights" because of the actions of the few is nothing sort of fascism. If you are an American, it is the equivalent of saying that White Men are not allowed the rights of the constitution and bill because White Men account for 63.7% of all mass school shootings (97% male, 79% white, 63.7% for white AND male) (1).
I think you should define "worst possible way" for the purposes of this debate. Earlier in your response you mentioned homosexuals "should not have rights" " I think this is classed as a worse form of discrimination than name-calling.
The word "Homophobic" is being used to outcast people who are being homophobic, not people protecting their children from child molesters. While it is true that on some occasions someone is called "homophobic" for reasons other than genuine homophobia, in the same way people can "play the race card" and call racism for non-race based discrimination, it follows the same trend that it more often is genuine malice towards the victim.
The whole world has not gone mad " Homosexuality is still not tolerated in some parts of the world, notably in the Middle East, in Africa and in Russia. So for your statement to be true, these places must be doing all they can to make sure Homosexual offenders get away with everything. In truth, they often get punished for nothing more than being homosexual. In Iran, you are sentenced to death if you are a mature male consenting to homosexual intercourse. (2)
Homosexuality has been discovered to be sufficiently dissimilar to Paraphilia (Sexual Deviation) and was removed from the DSM in 1974(3). Saying Homosexuality is sexual deviation is now imperially opinion.
"Probably" isn"t a good enough basis to deny rights on.
The difference between those words and the word "Homophobic" is that those two words are derogatory slang used with malice against gays and black people respectively. "Homophobic" is like "Racist", in that they are both used to describe the people who use the two words mentioned.
You do have the right to protect your family " so protect them from confirmed threats, not fabricated maybes and false statistically folk demons.
As for racism. . . I feel that this too is a word that needs to be banned. In Australia the government has just tightened its laws on safety for electricians. The absurd thing about that is that Chinese electricians don't have to follow the safety laws; they no longer even have to prove that they are qualified. When the electrician union complained that this absurdity is not only dangerous, but clearly aimed towards bringing in cheap labor at the expense local workers, the government declared that such a view is racist against Chinese workers. This is a clear example of political correctness being used by parties to manipulate society for their own benefits. It is not racist to want equal treatment of workers just as it is not homophobic to dislike potential child molesters. This is why these sorts of words need to be banned. It is in the interest of a better, safer and more balanced world.
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