Not that the AP
's opinion concerning which words to use is the final, well, word on anything, but The Atlantic
's Alexander Abad-Santos informs us
that the term "Homophobia" will be stricken from the organization's 2013 stylebook.
The word guide published by the Associated Press
is the go-to source for journalists searching for terminology as "neutral" as possible, which is why "Homophobia" will no longer cut the lexical mustard. According to AP 'Deputy Standards Editor' Dave Minthorn - whose official job title has apparently not yet been stricken from the working world - "journalists aren't doctors," and so should avoid deploying words better used by a psychiatrist.
Minthorn's recommended alternative? "Anti-gay," which doesn't sit well with Abad-Santos, who says it fails to capture the essence of someone who, e.g., defends violence against gays (such as a certain rep for Salvation Army
Of course, the word "homophobia" likely sounded clinical and lacking in emotional impact when it was first used, but folks have come to rely on it because they get what it means
. Still, "Anti-gay"? Hopefully the new standard will decide on a word with a bit more phonic power.
Via The Atlantic