word choice

If Homosexuality Is a ‘Sexual Preference,’ Is Heterosexuality a ‘Sexual Predilection’?


If it sounds like this list came from the headquarters of GLAAD, it’s because it might as well have. The run down of eight phrases deserving of banishment from media (and conversation?), while appropriately obvious to many, still get tossed around everywhere from the New York Times to the Associated Press to Fox News. So what terms need to be nixed?

We won’t give them all away, but among them: “gay lifestyle,” “special rights,” and, hands down our favorite, “friend,” as in “Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag were friends.”

Wrong. They were best friends.