scottydoesntknow: DIE PIG DIE! YOU'LL NEVER TAKE MAJOR VINCENT WINIFRED PAYNE ALIVE!!!! *BAM* I SAW WHAT YOU DID TO MY FRIEND!!! *BAM**BAM**BAM*[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x281]
nmrsnr: In Eddie Izzard's newest show "Force Majeur" he has a bit about the shift in English from gendered nouns to ungendered nouns:"Hey Steve, I have an idea, what if I just call this a 'spoon'?""But is it a female spoon or a male spoon?""It's a farking spoon, Steve, I don't think it has reproductive parts."
farkin_Gary: She's a coal engine...an emblem of the destruction of your future by the boomer generation. You revere her and make her the maidenhead of female determination.Now don't you just feel stupid?
BojanglesPaladin: Yep. There it is. The train is CLEARLY a "she".http://www.printmag.com/obsessions/watty-pipers-1930-the-little-engi ne -that-could/[d1xcqlxj49e9dd.cloudfront.net image 786x1024]The fact that I have made it this many decades without thinking that the trains gender even mattered, much less even noticing what it was means I am certifiably free of gender bias! Yeah me!
Nexzus: BojanglesPaladin: Yep. There it is. The train is CLEARLY a "she".http://www.printmag.com/obsessions/watty-pipers-1930-the-little-engi ne -that-could/[d1xcqlxj49e9dd.cloudfront.net image 786x1024]The fact that I have made it this many decades without thinking that the trains gender even mattered, much less even noticing what it was means I am certifiably free of gender bias! Yeah me!That's the one that broke down initially.I don't have our copy in front of me, but I vaguely recollect a line from the when real little engine arrives: "'What's the matter, my friends', she asked kindly."/Little guy wanted the story read to him every night for three weeks a couple months back.
Nexzus: That's the one that broke down initially.
BojanglesPaladin: Yep. There it is. The train is CLEARLY a "she".
DreamSnipers: I remembered the engine as being a he. It is blue after all and in my early schools that was a 'boy' color. Pink was the 'girl' color. I suppose transgender would be a mix of blue and pink giving one a lavender color. But then when I was reading that story no one I ever heard about was transgender, homosexual or anything else but straight heterosexual. So obviously this lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender stuff is a very recent development in human sexuality. I am not sure what caused people to develop all these new variations. I personally blame nitrates in hot dogs, they seem to have made me hyper as a child. I did end up straight but that just makes me the exception that proves the rule.
fasahd: Here's what I don't get. I always thought there were two basic principals: the yin and the yang, the masculine; aggresive, power oriented, dominating. The feminine; passive, caring, nurturing, I'm not gay, but as a hippie, flower child campaining against war, I always felt like a feminist male. How did it come about that smashing the glass ceiling and chomping a cigar as CEO in the boadroom with a pantsuit on (taking on masculine attributes) became the new definition of feminism?
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