[Ads-l] sexist "crazy"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 20 12:54:12 UTC 2016


I think of two things. First, there is the meaning of "hysterical", a word
with a firm gender bias.

Second, there is this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/01/dont-call-women-crazy_n_6201580.html

DanG

On Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 8:05 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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> Donald Trump has called Megyn Kelly "crazy."
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> Donald Trump has resumed his gratuitous obsessive-compulsive blasting of
> Megyn Kelly. And according to CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter:
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> "Lately he's been calling her 'crazy,' which some people would think is a
> sexist reference. There is a meaning of 'crazy' when applied to women that
> is different than when applied to men. We all kind of know that in society.
> When he says 'crazy Megyn Kelly,' it certainly has a specific connotation."
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> Q.: Huh? *I* don't know it, "kind of" or otherwise. Crazy means crazy.
> First we were assured that "moist" is one of the most offensive words in
> English.  Now this.
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> Elucidation, please.
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> JL
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