Discussion in 'العربية (Arabic)' started by Qittat Ulthar, Jun 11, 2009.
I have found in a dictionary شاذ جنسيا for homosexual; is this a common use, is it derogatory?
yes it is common.
But what may sound more derogatory is مُخنث or لوطي
Should I assume there is no "politically correct" or neutral way to talk about homosexuality?
no! you can use شاذ جنسياً for homosexual ..if you want to talk about homosexuality( الشذوذ الجنسي).. it would not be derogatory
شاذ is exceptional or irregular
جنسياً is sexual
Homosexual is مثلي الجنس
مخنث is effeminate or womanlike
and لوطي is gay
You are correct; there is not. شاذّ can be considered derogatory because it is also used in the context of 'pervert' and perversion. مثلي الجنس was invented to be a quasi neutral term and is a calque of the English homosexual. It is gaining use, but this depends heavily on the media source, the country and environment.
Yes, the new politically correct term is mithliyy مثلي (plural: mithliyyuun/mithliyyiin) مثليين and it's becoming a bit common, though not -yet?- as common as شاذ جنسيًا , but I'm not sure if everyone would understand it, specially that it's usually مثلي and not مثلي الجنس .
شاذ جنسيًا per se is not derogatory. I think it depends on the context and the general tone used to tell if it's meant as a neutral or derogatory term.
I would also add transgender, transsexual, transvestite.
Separate names with a comma.