Monday, January 28, 2019

Google Employees Fret That ‘Family Friendly’ Is a ‘Homophobic’ Term

A Google vice president had to address employees’ “concerns” after many of them supported the idea that the phrase “family friendly” was “offensive” and “homophobic.”

According to an article in The Daily Caller, the trouble started when a Google executive used the phrase “family friendly” when discussing a product for children during a company-wide presentation. One employee reportedly became so upset that he stormed out, later explaining in an internal thread that using the word “family” to mean “household with children” was “offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong.”

The thread added that using the phrase “family friendly” was “a diminishing and disrespectful way to speak.”

“If you mean ‘children,’ say ‘children;’ we have a perfectly good word for it,” the thread began. “‘Family friendly’ used as a synonym for ‘kid friendly’ means, to me, ‘you and yours don’t count as a family unless you have children.’

“The use of ‘family’ as a synonym for ‘with children’ has a long-standing association with deeply homophobic organizations. This does not mean we should not use the word ‘family’ to refer to families, but it mean[s] we must doggedly insist that family does not imply children.”

The thread also clarified that the phrase is offensive “even in the sense, ‘suitable for the whole family,’” because it “is almost always used to mean a household with two adults, of opposite sex, in a romantic/sexual relationship, with two or more children.”



ScienceABC123 said...

Another link in the chain that will ultimately silence all conversation for fear of offending someone else's "feelings."

Anonymous said...

Homosexuals want to force acceptance of their perverse behavior.
They should not be accommodated.

Anonymous said...

Get the eff over it already. We all know the LGBTGHNDSKTRIGLSNCID crowds' idea of 'family friendly' is a prob/lib transgender drag queen reading books to elementary children.

Dean said...


a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household.
household · ménage · nuclear family · brood

My apologies to the Google employee for offending him further, but the above is the
definition of family.

Under the above definition for the past twenty years my wife and I have not been considered a family. Our children are grown, married and have families of their own. While were refer to them as our family (and they are) we are now just a married couple.

That has nothing to do with our sexual preference, it has to do with not having children in the home.

'Family friendly' says nothing about being anti-gay or homophobic, it means having material that is suitable for children as well as adults in the mix.

Google employees and others need to take a deep breath, relax and stop looking for excuses to be offended.