There's a concern I've had for a long time about the various names -- while 'Mad Science' has a different connotation and history behind it, going to 'lunatics' hits right smack into ableist behavior.
Some folks over at FWD have done a much better job of explaining why exploiting those words and stereotypes are a bad idea: http://disabledfeminists.com/category/ableist-word-profile/
The first post there, on 'crazy', is the most relevant, but to get an over-all sense I recommend taking a few to read through why they're uncomfortable.
I know Looney is such an easy pun, and it's fun and easy to say, but if there's rebranding afoot I'd rather it end up less, not more, potentially offensive to folks.
"…The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter."
President Jimmy Carter
On Fri, May 21, 2010 at 1:50 PM, David Artman <david.artman@xxxxxxxxx>
I somehow missed Kristin asking for suggestions, or I would have "lit
a candle rather than curse the darkness." I figured it would be an
I could get behind Looney Techs 100%--clever, meaningful, memorable,
and punny (lunatics). Loonatic works somewhat well, too, but does that
mean we'd exchange our lab coats for straight jackets? ;)
I'm otherwise at a creative ebb, or I'd do some brainstorming. But I
just stared at the screen for about five minutes and I got nuthin'.
Would-Be Looney Tech
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