Johns Hopkins University, renowned for its groundbreaking research, recently sought to update its glossary of LGBTQ terms. However, what was intended as a useful resource soon became a lightning rod for criticism. The focus of the uproar was the revised definition of “Lesbian,” now described as “A non-man attracted to non-men.” Needless to say, this caused quite a stir.
Prominent figures, including J.K. Rowling herself, expressed their concerns about the redefinition. Many feared that it was a step towards marginalizing and erasing women from the LGBTQ conversation. Rowling, known for her role as a feminist and creator of the wizarding world, didn’t mince words in her critique. In a tweet, she remarked, “Man: no definition needed. Non-man (formerly known as woman): a being definable only by reference to the male. An absence, a vacuum where there’s no man-ness.” A scathing remark indeed.
But what do lesbians themselves think about this significant change? Carol Hatch, a lesbian individual, vehemently opposes the new definition. In her own words, she questions, “Why is a lesbian defined as a non-man while a gay person isn’t labeled a non-woman? Is this progressive misogyny?”
The conservative sphere on Twitter has been buzzing with backlash over the redefinition. Amy Curtis, a commentator, expressed her frustration, saying, “What is this absolute nonsense, Johns Hopkins? ‘Non-men’? We are women. Stop erasing us.” The discontent is palpable.
Even beyond conservative voices, others are disturbed by the situation. In an alarming inquiry, Sonia Gallego, an Al Jazeera reporter, raised the question, “One of the most prestigious universities in the US, Johns Hopkins, is actively eradicating the category of women – adult human females. Are we to be referred to as ‘Non-men’ now?”
So, what comes next? Will the criticism prompt a reversal of the changes, or are we witnessing a new norm taking shape? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain – this debate is far from over. What are your thoughts on Johns Hopkins’ redefinition? Should certain things remain as they are? We eagerly await your input.