I don’t know who broke this story. So far it looks like it was first noticed by Steve Krakauer. National Review jumped on it early, as did TheFederalist.com.
At the Confirmation Hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, there was this exchange. Mazie Hirono was on the attack and offered this criticism:
“You use the term sexual preference to describe those in the LGBTQ community,” Hirono said. “Let me make clear: ‘sexual preference’ is an offensive, an outdated term. It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not.”
To which Judge Coney Barrett replied:
“I certainly didn’t mean and would never mean to use a term that would cause any offense in the LGBTQ community. If I did, I greatly apologize.”
Of course, the language of intersectionality changes at the speed of sound. Six years ago I got a scolding for using the term “lifestyle.” The scolding I received (at R>) was the first I knew that the term could possibly offend, since I had been reading an essay that had only been written two or three years beforehand by an activist in that lifestyle.
Now the really interesting aspect of this exchange was that, before the sun set on that day of the hearing, the dictionary changed. Mirriam Webster revised the entry for “Preference.”
As recently as last month, Webster’s Dictionary included a definition of “preference” as “orientation” or “sexual preference.” TODAY they changed it and added the word “offensive.”
Insane – I just checked through Wayback Machine and it’s real.
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) October 14, 2020
Yes, the Leftists marched through the institution of Mirriam Webster as well as most of the rest of the publishing industry.
Despite Democrats’ claims that Barrett gravely misspoke and that her words warranted an apology, many Democratic politicians including Presidential Nominee Joe Biden and Senate Judiciary Committee members Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal recently used the word in public settings and received no pushback.
And there are many instances of very recent use of “sexual preference” by partizans on the Left. It is just so hard to keep up these days.
The article at TheFederalist.com provides several example of recent use of “preference. The article at National Review provides other examples of Mirriam Webster changing the dictionary to favor Leftist language trends. The article at PJ Media provides an example of Joe Biden using “preference” just a couple of months ago. I will put links in a comment.
Their side really means to bring western civilization to an end.