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Flush but Uneven

Posted by JJ in Golden Tacks (Friday November 3, 2006 at 1:28 pm)

Greetings, dear readers. Once again, it is I, Dr. Glaucon Equipoise, Q.E.D. The Wonk, ever gracious, was glad to grant me some bytes of his to make a brief point.

Though we are loath to tolerate lacunae, the threat of uncertainty — or worse — demands some distances be maintained. One such disparity is that between “sexual” and “sexist”:

relating to the instincts, physiological processes, and activities connected with physical attraction or intimate physical contact between individuals
prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex

Though the two should seem quite separate, recent events suggest that confusion lingers. To wit: a recent political demand to remove lip-shaped urinals lest they breed “sexism”.

I do not doubt that Wonk devotees can divine the fullest implications of this demand. Suffice it to say that once sexuality and sexism are fully confounded, neither they nor we will long remain in issue.

Urging you to remember Woody Allen’s admonition:

Sex is better than talk. . .Talk is what you suffer through so you can get to sex.

I remain your devoted philologist,


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