Baby's an It (call of the obstetrician?)

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 14 00:25:06 UTC 2008

I'm perfectly comfortable calling any baby "cute". The parents are never
offended, and I'm always sincere.

m a m

On Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 9:10 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

> At 9/13/2008 08:44 AM, David Bowie wrote:
> >>"He saw
> >>the baby was sleeping peacefully, he touched it on the cheek, and her
> >>eyes opened. Cute little baby." '  (Sexism rampant, of
> >>course.)  Apparently for Detective Anderson babies are neuter until
> >>personal contact is established.
> >
> >To verify sexism in this, you'd have to show that the same thing
> >wouldn't have been said for a baby boy.
> For an infant boy left on a doorstep, and were I a policeman, I would
> have said "handsome little tyke."

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