Do you prefer the term Straight or Hetero or something else for.... heterosexuals?

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Do you prefer the term Straight or Hetero or something else for.... heterosexuals?

P'Gell P'Gell
There has been discussions on what GLBT people prefer to be addressed and referred as and by. I'm hetero, for some reason the word "straight" bothers me.

To me, it infers that everybody else is... twisted or not right. I think using "straight" to imply heterosexuality is a bit insulting to people who do not identify as hetero. I, personally, prefer the word Hetero or Heterosexual for het people.

What term do you prefer and what is your basic orientation? I mixed GLBT together for one of the choices, so the poll wouldn't look like a scary test.

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Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I'm Hetero and I prefer the term Hetero or Heterosexual
8
I'm Hetero and I prefer the term Straight
23
I'm Gay or Lesbian and I prefer the term Heterosexual or Hetero
1
I'm Gay or Lesbian and I prefer the term Straight
3
I'm Trans/ other sexually and I prefer the term Hetero
1
I'm Trans/other sexually and I prefer the term Straight
I'm Hetero and prefer an other term (please elaborate)
I'm GLBT and prefer an other term
1
I will not put a llama choice here, I swear
13
Other, because, you know....
7
Total votes: 57 (46 voters)
Poll is closed
08/11/2011
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Ansley Ansley
I don't have a preference.
08/11/2011
froggiemoma froggiemoma
just straight?
08/11/2011
gone77 gone77
Honestly, I don't put a lot of thought into most labels. I identify as bisexual, and I don't mind being called that. I refer to heterosexuals, as straight or heterosexual. Haven't met anyone who bristled at being called straight. *shrug*
08/11/2011
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
I use to term straight, but probably because it's much more common. I really don't care what term is used.
08/11/2011
indiglo indiglo
Straight, hetero, it doesn't matter to me what I get called.
08/11/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
I use the word straight. I've never thought about the fact that it might be offensive to some people. To me, heterosexual/hetero is the technical term and not something I would use in everyday converation. I might use heterosexual in a review, but orientation has never actually come up in any I've written.
08/11/2011
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
I hate terms like this they are stupid.
08/11/2011
oldhippy oldhippy
I agree with Diabolical Kitty up to a point... I don't think the terms are stupid, just useless. Why do we need labels? What is wrong with Human?, Person?, You?. Why does everything need to be classified. Not everyone fits in a box, and personally, I hate being shoved into boxes.
08/11/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
I am hetero or straight. It doesn't bother me at all. I don't care about labels in the least. They are just words to me; they do not define who I am.

*sticks and stones*
08/11/2011
Puss in Boots Puss in Boots
I'm pansexual and technically I prefer heterosexual for the same reasons as P'Gell, but a lot of the time I just say straight because it tends to work better in conversation. However, if I'm having a serious conversation focusing on sexuality/equality, I will usually say heterosexual because it more professional and clear.
08/11/2011
Tart Tart
I'm the llama! Whatever that means. I'm the infamous other category. I am bisexual, and I use the term straight.
08/11/2011
Sex'и'Violence Sex'и'Violence
straight works fine for me.
08/11/2011
Sunshineamine Sunshineamine
doesn't matter either way
08/13/2011
briluminary briluminary
Quote:
Originally posted by Sex'и'Violence
straight works fine for me.
same here ~
08/13/2011
Kkay Kkay
Trans is a gender identity, not a sexuality.

I'm genderqueer and pansexual. I'm okay with straight.
08/13/2011
thebest thebest
doesn't really matter to me
08/13/2011
Rossie Rossie
I prefer straight, just because it's common English, I always have a hard time figuring all the this and that technical terms.
08/13/2011
G.L. Morrison G.L. Morrison
I seldom hear anyone say "hetero" except as a prefix. I hear het more often or str8. (Spelling of yr choice.)
08/13/2011
LostBoy988 LostBoy988
Pansexual here and it doesnt really matter to me. People may choose whatever labels they want
08/13/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
no preference here
08/13/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by gone77
Honestly, I don't put a lot of thought into most labels. I identify as bisexual, and I don't mind being called that. I refer to heterosexuals, as straight or heterosexual. Haven't met anyone who bristled at being called straight. *shrug*
It doesn't bristle me, as the perceived insult isn't intended at heteros. It just seems to me that if hets are "straight" then people who are not heterosexual are... what? Twisted? Bent? Broken? I don't see GLBT people in those ways.

Maybe it's just me that sees it this way.
08/13/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by oldhippy
I agree with Diabolical Kitty up to a point... I don't think the terms are stupid, just useless. Why do we need labels? What is wrong with Human?, Person?, You?. Why does everything need to be classified. Not everyone fits in a box, and ...
I think it's normal to be interested in others sexuality, as long as one is tolerant.

It sure helps to know someone's orientation when one is dating.

Classifying things is a normal, healthy human occupation. It's what we do. As long as it isn't done to ostracize people, or harm them, it is the way society works.
08/13/2011
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
I normally use the word "Straight" but I agree with P'Gell, what does that say about people who are gay, that they are bent, or wrong. Using the word "Straight" bothers me a little bit, but the term is used more commonly than others.
08/13/2011
K101 K101
Heck just as long as it's a word that's understandable and every person knows what it means, I'm OK. Straight is what works for me. I don't find it insulting. It'd be different if straight people were called "right people" Lol. Then that may be insulting to those who are something other than straight, but when people use the term straight I don't think anyone means it to insult...
08/20/2011
JRabbits JRabbits
Doesn't bother me none being called straight. Nor does the term straight bother me. Never really put much thought into it, nor will I, lol.
08/20/2011
Apirka Apirka
LLAMA!

I don't care if someone labels me straight or hetero... neither bothers me.
04/11/2012
<3BF <3BF
I don't mind in the least so I voted Llama.
04/11/2012
humblepie humblepie
I don't care what people use when talking about me, but I tend to use straight. To me, it feels like 'hetero' goes along with "homo", which I would never use when describing my gay and lesbian friends because it's so rude/has such a negative connotation. However, if one of my GLBT friends told me that they were offended or felt uncomfortable because I used straight, I would stop immediately!
04/11/2012
roskat roskat
Straight or hetero, I doesn't matter to me.
04/12/2012
Total posts: 30
Unique posters: 28