[Ads-l] sexist "crazy"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Mar 20 14:06:22 UTC 2016


> On Mar 20, 2016, at 8:54 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
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> I think of two things. First, there is the meaning of "hysterical", a word
> with a firm gender bias.

There was the famous court case in which a judge determined that men cannot be hysterical, lacking the requisite body part.  (I suppose the same would have been held for women having undergone a hysterectomy.
> 
> Second, there is this:
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> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.huffingtonpost.com_2014_12_01_dont-2Dcall-2Dwomen-2Dcrazy-5Fn-5F6201580.html&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=bxwhJnTD9Vsb_vribSiHKh10q1qo1Yq310gh6z5ImGU&s=s58cAxAKKXjWDmF9tXuc_BQeYJK7EpkfCfCy7W226hw&e= 
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> DanG

And with reference to the above, here's a moving country ballad in honor of "crazy women" that I have in my iTunes library, an attempt to reclaim the category:
performance: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=%22Brandy+Clark%22+%22crazy+women%22
lyrics:            http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/b/brandy_clark/crazy_women.html

LH
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> On Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 8:05 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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>> Subject:      sexist "crazy"
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>> Donald Trump has called Megyn Kelly "crazy."
>> 
>> Donald Trump has resumed his gratuitous obsessive-compulsive blasting of
>> Megyn Kelly. And according to CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter:
>> 
>> "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."
>> 
>> 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.
>> 
>> Elucidation, please.
>> 
>> JL
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>> JL
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