Lesbos-v-Lesbians dispute revisited (after losing in court)

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The wrath of Aphrodite (or Venus, the Goddess of Love) is against extreme stubbornness: She maketh her stubborn enemies appear more and more ridiculous! 🙂

NOT affected by the sane judgement of the Greek judge, who dismissed their absurd case (explained in a previous post HERE), the people who started it all (Mr. Dimitris Lambrou and others) apparently continue to delude themselves that they have a chance to win their case in a European court:

( source: Daily Telegraph, 23 July 2008 ):

After the decision was handed down, Mr Lambrou said: «The decision by the court will not stop the effort of hundreds of thousands of Lesbian islanders to fight for the right to maintain their name separately from that of a sexual deviation. It is a misguided ruling, highest courts both in Greece and Europe«. so we have decided to take the matter to the highest courts both in Greece and Europe«.

Well, as far as I am concerned, anyone stubbornly continuing this absurd case, might as well go to a local Mytilenian (LesVian) grocery shop, buy a decently sized cucumber, and shub it up his ass: It’s guaranteed to leave in his mind a lasting impression… of what it’s like to turn one’s whole country into the laughing stock of the world, for nothing

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  • Have these people conducted a referendum among the inhabitants of Lesvos, to be able to claim that «hundreds of thousands of people feel offended»?
  • Furthermore: Have these people realized their case’s collateral damage affecting badly the international reputation of Greece (as a whole)?

The ultimate, most supreme arrogance, was expressed by Mr. Lambrou, when he stated:

«They can do what they want with their bodies. And they can call themselves what they want, but not lesbians,« he said.

Well, someone has got to tell this person (living totally in his own little world) that there exists such a thing as the «right of self-determination»; the right to chose what to call one’s self. And someone has also got to tell him that the «Greek Gay and Lesbian Union» (whom he unjustly sued) is by definition totally innocent… of any ulterior motive to steal the precious (my ass) «copyright» of the word «Lesbian»!

Perhaps the wisest reaction to this, was Ms. Evangelia Vlami‘s, a lesbian activist who told the court:

«Claiming that the word insults their history is racist and ridiculous,» she told the court. «It is a word that has evolved harmlessly from history and mythology and under no circumstances is intended to offend the islanders or those many people around the world who originate from this island».

«After all,» she added, «‘Siamese twins is an internationally accepted term, and nobody thought of arguing that this term insults the people of Siam».

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Meanwhile, some extremely hilarious comments about this case (including some very good jokes) have entertained the world (at the expense of our reputation, Greece as THE country of insanity). E.g. a reputable lesbian blogger wrote:

…how can 250,000 people of Lesbian descent – including women – be considered homosexual?” (quote)

OMG, this sentence seriously cracked me up. Basically, some people from the island of Lesbos are suing a Greek gay and lesbian group for using the word “lesbian”. They say this “insults the identity” of the OG Lesbo Lesbians. I think this is super funny, but it also makes me feel a bit weird…

An anonymous commentator in another blog recollected a very good relevant joke, contributed here as a comment by a friend of mine (JohnPap) who first spotted it:


“An old cowboy went to a bar and ordered a drink.

As he sat sipping his whiskey, a young lady sat down next to him.

After she ordered her drink, she turned to the cowboy and asked him, “Are you a real cowboy?” He replied, “Well, I have spent my whole life on the ranch, herding cows, breaking horses, mending fences. Yep, I guess I am.”

After a short while, he asked her what she was.

She replied, “I am a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about women. As soon as I get up in the morning I think of women, when I eat, shower, watch TV, everything seems to make me think of women.”

A short while later she left and the cowboy ordered another drink.

A couple sat down next to him and asked, “Are you a real cowboy?”

He replied, “I always thought I was, but I just found out that I’m a lesbian.”


There was also someone else who proposed “LesVos” instead of “Lesbos”, as a solution:

By Kanhef

Posted Wednesday 30th April 2008 14:06 GMT
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Just change the official Anglicization to ‘Lesvos’. End of problem. Or call it ‘Midilli’, but the Greeks wouldn’t be too happy.


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  1. I have to object about your comment about the cucumber. Why ruin a pretty good cucumber -with it being in season?
    They could easily shove their handy «Torch» (Davlos- ‘Δαυλός’) where the sun doesn’t shine, and be done with it… 😉

    (*sigh*) There are worse things that tarnish the reputation of Greece. A term that has been used since the 2nd century BC by Lucian doesn’t quite cut it…

  2. @Pygoskelis CrackedUpia,
    (my old e-friend)…

    You are absolutely right, in fact. Cucumbers should not suffer… unnecessary abuse! The Torch of «New Democracy» (or, as a substitute) the Torch of Daulos magazine (of antiquity-lovers) will do an excellent job of spreading the Light inside the Cave of Plato, the cave mysteriously located within the Inner Spaces of certain… assholes! 🙂 🙂

    Furthermore, undoubtedly there _are_ worse things harming the reputation of Greece. Like finding that the Final Answer to the riddle of why The Universe exists, is NOT 42.
    I was partly teasing these guys, a bit (since the reputation of Greece is one of their weak spots)!


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