That's because the word wasn't demeaning until people made it demeaning. Mental Retardation was the proper medical term until people used it as an insult, which got it changed to Intellectual Disability. It's happened with many words Secretary, Janitor, Lunch Lady. All changed to Office Administrator or Personal Assistant, Custodial Engineer, Food Prep Engineer. Special Education became Special Needs.Maechris wrote:Angel is trying to make me feel bad about occasionally using the world "Hermaphrodite" when referring to humans/people (real or fictional). Daaamn you Angel. Although they're right about it not being accurate in case of virtually any human intersex people. I guess I just never saw the word as particularly demeaning in any way.
Basically it's people getting hurt over the name of their job/medical condition and so the name gets changed to appease them.
Hermaphrodite: a person or animal having both male and female sex organs or other sexual characteristics, either abnormally or (in the case of some organisms) as the natural condition.
That's the definition, which does fit what Ramona has as it's a broad term definition, but it's a word people started considering an insult, it has a negative connotation, and so people get butt hurt about it.
My guess is Angel gets so upset for the both of them, that Ramona was more embarrassed by her, that she never got upset about it. Ramona could also just be a nicer, sweeter, more understanding person (a rare thing for sure).