Saturday, 23 February 2008

The Truth About Bakla

The dictionary is very clear on its definitions. The etymology [babae ang akala] is also clear. The mental images one evokes upon hearing the word ("Girl, mukha kang bakla diyan sa suot mo.") are likewise clear. That is why I am still perturbed why some people would readily equate 'homosexual' with effeminate/hermaphroditic/androgynous.

I understand that words evolve. This one hasn't yet obviously.

The truth is: Tagalog has no native word for 'homosexual'. Nor does it need one.

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