Gay and Transgender Group Says the Term ‘Pillow Fight’ Harms ‘Women and LGBT People’

Gay and Transgender Group Says the Term ‘Pillow Fight’ Harms ‘Women and LGBT People’

A prominent LGBT activist organization objected to the use of of the term “pillow fight” in a newsletter published by Politico on Thursday.

“GLAAD sent us a note yesterday about [our previous newsletter], noting that our use of ‘pillow fight’ when describing a fight between Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren may have offended people. That was not our intent — pillow fight, in our mind, connotes a fight where no one draws blood,” read a note in Politico’s Friday newsletter, according to the Washington Examiner.

The newsletter included a statement from GLAAD spokesman Drew Anderson.

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“For women and LGBTQ people at the workplace, hearing phrases like ‘dramatic,’ ‘over the top,’ and even ‘pillow fight’ during office disagreements fosters negative stereotypes and diminishes a person simply because of who they are. Disagreements happen in politics, but using these loaded terms during disputes feed into the sexist and homophobic tropes that simply have no place in our political coverage and rhetoric,” Anderson said in the statement.

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