[Ads-l] sexist "crazy"

Marc Sacks msacksg at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 20 14:30:07 UTC 2016


There was an interestingly ambiguous quote in the linked article: "too few
orgasms lead to hysteria."  I never realized hysteria was the goal of
orgasms, but you learn something new every day, I guess.

Marc Sacks

On Sun, 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.
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> Second, there is this:
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> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/01/dont-call-women-crazy_n_6201580.html
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> DanG
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> On Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 8:05 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
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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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