[Ads-l] sexist "crazy"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Mar 23 01:48:09 UTC 2016


And here are the lyrics to the theme song of the aforementioned TV show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriendf:

http://genius.com/Rachel-bloom-crazy-ex-girlfriend-theme-song-lyrics

Note the bit that goes:

[Backup singers]
She’s the crazy ex-girlfriend!

[Rebecca, speaking]
That’s a sexist term!

(see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzY3EaJTuJk for the YouTube version)

There's a definite perception out there...

LH

> On Mar 22, 2016, at 2:09 PM, Benjamin Barrett <mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> We split up because that bitch was crazy
> I’m not hanging out with him anymore because that white man is crazy
> 
> They sound different to me. FWIW. BB
> 
>> On 22 Mar 2016, at 05:53, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>> 
>> What makes you think so?
>> 
>> You sexist,
>> 
>> JL
>> 
>> On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 3:41 AM, Benjamin Barrett <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> 
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>>> Poster:       Benjamin Barrett <mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM>
>>> Subject:      Re: sexist "crazy"
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>>>> On 21 Mar 2016, at 22:57, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>>> =20
>>>> On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 6:44 AM, Jonathan Lighter =
>>> <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> =20
>>>>> Cf. the familiarity of the corresponding phrases "crazy bastard" and =
>>> "crazy
>>>>> motherfucker."
>>>>> =20
>>>> =20
>>>> "Crazy nigger" - used not only in the 'hood, but also quite well =
>>> described
>>>> in anthropological and sociological writings from at least 1878, is =
>>> another
>>>> member of that set.
>>> 
>>> Crazy white man, too, but isn't =E2=80=9Ccrazy bitch=E2=80=9D a =
>>> different brand of craziness from the other collocations? BB=
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