Speculative Potentially Bad Idea on Sexual Preference Identification
jacob posted 5 months ago last modified 5 months ago
So about a month ago Supreme Court ruled that it is gender discrimination to discriminate against transgender and drag people .
The argument is that to fire a man on the basis he is wearing woman's clothing would necessitate that one would need to fire all people wearing woman's clothing. Take it a step further and you would have to fire all women for wearing men's clothes too. So unless your company has a policy of allowing only gender ambiguous clothing/presentation, your company would be discriminating on the basis of gender to ban transgender people from presenting based on their preferred sex. And obviously this argument is not limited to clothing, the obvious other one being sexual preference.
I thought this argument was pretty clever because now it's not an argument of transgender vs cis in the workforce. It's "why is a male born person not allowed to do something that a female born person is allowed to do". And that got me thinking about a similar argument but for labelling sexual orientation. Instead of straight or gay, what about fem-pref and male-pref i.e.
• straight man => fem-pref man,
• straight woman =>male-pref woman,
• gay man => male-pref man,
• and gay woman =>fem-pref woman
This way the labelling instead of putting gay people in the minority, are now a part of larger category.
I imagine about 48.5% of the world is fem-pref and 51.5% is male-pref. I think this could normalize the way gay people are viewed by shifting our language to downplay the "significance" of being attracted to the same gender.
Loss of information: Imagine the scenario that a fem-pref woman and a fem-pref man are talking about finding other women to suit. These are quite different tasks even though they sound similar. The reality is that there are much fewer fem-pref women than there are men-pref women, so the fem-pref man has a much wider pool of potential suiters. By putting both the man and woman under the same label, it dilutes the actual complexity of being a fem-pref woman.
Loss of culture: If the new language were to become popular, gay culture or gay community might not longer be a thing. Gay culture as in flamboyant stuff mostly.
^I don't think it would disappear, but it would be not just for gay people. Additionally, I imagine there are gay people who would enjoy not being automatically lumped with gay culture.
Let me know your thoughts, and if I'm being super ignorant or dumb or something.
And I don't think this is too novel of an idea. I'm sure you guys have noticed on dating apps, they don't ask if you're gay or straight, but if you prefer men, women, or both.