The Catalog of New Emotions: The awareness of an Austrian lesbian

Daniela-Iraschko-Stolz by Matthias Schrader for AP

The awareness of an Austrian lesbian/ idiom — describes a sense of smugness born of privilege and willful ignorance, variations include “the social consciousness of an Austrian ski-jumper” or simply “Austrian lesbian” or “Austrian ski-jumper.” The phrase is very closely linked to another:  “as dense as a gay American figure skater.”

An idiom with an opposite meaning is: “She’s smart enough to play in the gay NBA.” This expression reflects the comments made by gay ex-NBA John Amaechi: “For me, silence in the face of attendance in Sochi is complicity,” says Amaechi, who played for Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz during his basketball career. “You become nothing more than another Sochi mascot that people can have their photograph taken with as a memento of the abdication of responsibility. I don’t think it’s a predicament. I do understand that there is risk. But principles are usually associated with risk.”

Usage:   I don’t think he’s read a newspaper in a decade; he’s such an Austrian lesbian.

If she were anymore self-involved, she’d be a gay American figure skater.

He’s as spoiled as an Austrian ski-jumper.

Etymology: The idiom arises from the comments made by Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, an out lesbian athlete at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, when she dismissed protests against the abuse of human rights in Russia, thereby displaying truly Olympian levels of ignorance and self-involvement.

Note that Olympic Athletes are providing endless examples of the usefulness of this phrase. Take for example the Canadian athletes who fawned over Putin when he dropped by Canada House. They should not even have let him through the door, let alone have snapped selfies with him: “The Canadian athletes behaved no better than an Austrian ski-jumper as they fell all over themselves to snap selfies with the ruthless dictator, Vladimir Putin.”

The Catalog of New Emotions is a project to refine our emotional sensibilities through the creation of new emotions and the development of a vocabulary to express these new emotions. If you would like to contribute to this project leave a comment the definition of the new emotion, including pronunciation; examples of usage; etymology of the word and why this new emotion is necessary.

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To see all the entries in  The Catalog of New Emotions, click here.

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4 thoughts on “The Catalog of New Emotions: The awareness of an Austrian lesbian

  1. hmm… i don’t know… i have a friend who works for the Canadian Olympic team, and he and I have had many discussions related to the single-minded approach that athletes at this high level need to retain for many years straight in order to compete. if you’re blessed with the ability to absorb issues in a wide array and have armchair opinions about them, then great for you. calling an Olympian self-involved basically makes me want to ridicule you. lets see, lifelong commitment to ski jumping, plus, oh, i’m lesbian, plus, oops, nothing to do with me, the Olympics are going to be held in a country that has strange oppressive laws, and hmm, lifelong commitment to ski jumping. oh, but i guess i’ll totally shift my focus and feel your fucking guilt trip based on something i have not made my life’s focus, and indeed i have cut a large amount of angle out of my daily routines by training to be the singular best in the world at something. yeah, i’ll abandon all that and take up your mantle. fuck you. it’s not a SKI JUMPERS job to fight for gay rights you crazy idiot. how about this for an old emotion that doesn’t rely on your fucking smug language and name slinging towards someone who utterly does not deserve it: INCREDULITY. and that word goes for both of us. you, the unwilling, and me, the unable. maybe go have yourself a giant pardonwank?

  2. and if your definition is some sort of backwards stab aimed at people who would degrade such a person and i missed the point i apologize. asking people to cut gays some slack while trashing this person is just so insane to me. i guess i’m just fucking done with everyone and everything using the Olympics as there own fucking platform. there’s only three platforms, and the top three athletes in the world get to stand on them. if you want to talk about conditions or issues in that country, or anywhere else, go fucking do some work instead. i fail to see how attributing derogatory invented terms towards this person helps ANYTHING. so she doesn’t want to treat being a lesbian as if it’s “a thing”. ISN’T THAT THE EXACT ATTITUDE YOU WANT?

    • In response to your incoherent, expletive laden rants, I offer a quote from John Amaechi in the article linked to the original post: “For me, silence in the face of attendance in Sochi is complicity,” says Amaechi, who played for Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz during his basketball career. “You become nothing more than another Sochi mascot that people can have their photograph taken with as a memento of the abdication of responsibility. I don’t think it’s a predicament. I do understand that there is risk. But principles are usually associated with risk.” Iraschko-Stolz went even further than remaining silent; she attacked and denigrated the whole idea of protesting human rights abuses in Russia, so yeah, she deserves to called out.

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