[Ads-l] sexist "crazy"

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 24 17:19:18 UTC 2016

<Screwball comedy>
Wikipi:  << The screwball comedy is principally an American genre of comedy
film that became popular during the Great Depression, originating in the
early 1930s and thriving until the early 1940s. Many secondary
characteristics of this genre are similar to the film noir, but it
distinguishes itself for being characterized by a female that dominates the
relationship with the male central character, whose masculinity is
challenged. >>
It seems this use of <screwball> has a semantic component [+female].
   I Love Lucy because she was a "screwball redhead".

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