"Family friendly" is good!

Now, personally, my “family” consists of just my dad, brother, sister, and our pets. There are no children in our family — I don’t have any, and neither do my brother or sister. Still, I have to say that I’m just not offended by the phrase “family friendly” being used to mean “appropriate for children.” Why? Because it’s not a big f****** deal! Because, children or not, I do have a life, and I have more important things to worry about than something so absolutely innocuous. Honestly, the fact that somebody actually left a meeting over this is absolutely insane to me.

What’s more, there’s absolutely nothing in the phrase “family friendly” that states it refers to heterosexual couples’ families only. If the presenter had said “heterosexual family friendly,” then I could see where the charge of homophobia might come up, but as is, I really just don’t get it. “Family friendly” absolutely does also mean “appropriate for gay and lesbian parents and their children,” everyone knows that, and people should really try to avoid charges of homophobia when there are none. Homophobia, after all, is a very real and very serious thing — and making charges of it where it makes no sense to do so only diminishes the very real and very serious struggles of those who have had to be subjected to it.


For me, "family friendly" always only meant that parents wouldn't need to be concerned that something inappropriate for their children's consumption would pop up, such as pornography or gratuitous violence. Therefore, I'm very much still down with "family friendly," and if anyone working for Google doesn't like that, tough.

Tom Usher

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Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.