or, stuff that I dragged out of my head

Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Monday, June 18, 2012

Amateur Hour

Here on Towleroad is a very nice video from the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention: it's probably safe for work, although it contains shots of men implicitly getting it on, but it's nothing you couldn't show on television. Cable television, anyway.

And then of course a concern troll had to make his voice heard in the comments section:

How about a campaign promoting gay monogamy?

whereupon someone else chimed in:

I would oppose a campaign to promote "monogamy" (in quotes because, etymologically, it means "one wife" which, to me, doesn't seem appropriate for a pair of men).


Etymology is not for amateurs. There's really no excuse for this sort of thing any more: if you're using the Internet to comment on something, you can use it to look up the facts of the matter, too.

I suppose "-gamy" and "-gyny" seem kind of similar, but they're not the same thing. "Gyne" is indeed the Greek for "woman" or "wife, but "monogamy" is from the Greek "monos", "single", and "gamos", "marriage": "gamos" is also the source of "gamete", a sex cell, either a sperm or an egg, given their name by Gregor Mendel, presumably after the fact that the two cells have to fuse together ("marry") and not the fact that people have to be married for this to occur.


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