[Ads-l] sexist "crazy"

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Sat Mar 26 13:37:27 UTC 2016

On Fri, 25 Mar 2016 06:55:04 Zone - 0400 Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

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Ted Cruz has called Donald Trump "petty" and "small" for his brainless
attack on Mrs. Cruz.  He also said that Trump's nomination would be "a 
gift wrapped in a pink little ribbon for the Democratic party."
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Doesn't "sexist" mean "demeaning to women" rather than simply "gender-related"?

Yes, the quote is gender-related.  If Bernie Sanders were generally considered to be the shoo-in (shoe-in?) for the Democratic nomination, then Cruz would most likely have stopped with the "gift-wrapped" metaphor.  Men are not expected to receive presents with pink ribbons on them.  However, I don't see anything demeaning to Ms. Clinton in this quote, so I would say it is not sexist; the pink ribbon merely makes the metaphor more vivid (colorful?)

What intrigues me is an apparent stumble of the tongue, as the usual expression is "little pink ribbon" not "pink little ribbon".

(note to myself: I like the imagery of Ms. Clinton first throwing her hat in the ring and then being a shoe-in).

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