The Other McCain

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‘Other’? I Mean, Really? ‘Other’?

Posted on | March 16, 2011 | 13 Comments

Greg at Rhymes with Right took an online questionnaire and discovered that, under “gender,” the choices were “male,” “female” and “other,” with a blank available for the ambiguous respondent to fill in . . . ??

Insert punchline here.

My own objection is to the use of “gender” instead of “sex.” As an old editor of mine often said, “People have sex. French nouns have gender.” But the grammatical is now the political, I suppose.

Speaking of ambiguity, while I’m not fighting the Great Feminism War today — after yesterday’s massive barrage, the troops need a day to rest, refit and reload — Da Tech Guy weighs in and tries to get into the middle betwixt Attila and me.

But there can be no middle ground. Either my argument is right, or it’s “oversimplified fiddle faddle.”

We’re in a Sharks-and-Jets situation, and when you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette . . .

Citation, please?” Dan Collins: “Talk to the claw.”

 Thanks to tip-jar hitters Steve in Grand Rapids, Jack in Oklahoma City, and John in Virginia who includes this note: “All right! I give up. If you write about feminism, I’ll respect you in the morning!”

Clearly, then, some readers appreciate my tremendous sacrifice in re-reading Susan Brownmiller (so you don’t have to). Now I’m re-reading Dear Sisters: Dispatches from the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Hit the tip jar, brothers. And be ready for the next barrage.


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