Every so often, I tap my considerable experience to proffer sex advice; no, not on how to do it but on the nature of the sexes (currently called “genders” in breathtaking ignorance of the English language).
I reproach my wife of thirty years-plus mildly about some narrow offense of hers. She replies with a torrent of criticisms, most of which are centered on how “mean” I am, and on how mean I have always been. The torrent of accusations is so deep and so broad that a lesser man would drown in seconds.
I, instead, remark calmly that if half of the horrible things she recites about me are half-true, she must have very bad taste for still liking me most of the time.
No, she says; you don’t understand, being an ass-hole is not bad!
I refer you to my scientific essay on this blog” Why Young Women Are Stupid.”
And, as always, I pay attention to what does not happen. Number of negative comments I have received from the 80+ readers who opened this particular posting, negative comments from females, one would presume: 0!
Updated10/23/14: Number of hits= over one thousand. Negative comments: still zero!
My radio show is tomorrow Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm. It’s on KSCO Santa Cruz, 1080 AM. It’s also easy to catch on-line, I am told.
10/23/14: Radio show is gone, has been fro several years now.
I keep hoping feminists will call the program to tell me off. They sound so sexy when their high-pitched voices quiver with rage!
Though usually considered much of a stick-in-the-mud regarding language, and especially neologisms, I must offer a cordial disagreement regarding the word “gender” when used instead of “sex.”
Ordinarily I despise changing the language (you should see, for example, my battles with the ignorami who say “healthy” when they mean “healthful”), but when a change improves and clarifies, then I can not only accept but embrace it.
You are right that “gender” was originally intended for language references — more important in French and other furrin tongues — but since “sex” has become such an important, or at least such an ever-present, part of everyday life, having a separate word, such as “gender,” keeps the meaning clear.
I mean, I have compromised my formerly inviolate principles so that now I even use the word “gay” rather than “homosexual,” after swearing I would never degrade the language in that fashion.
But, after all, “gay” is the polite term, the one preferred by the people to whom it applies.
So, if I can change, linguistically, so can you.
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