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Re: CHAT: gender of conlangers (was FW: Lunatic Lovers ofLanguage )

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, September 27, 1998, 0:57
Pablo Flores wrote:
> Finally, and off-topic (just for the logic-rhetorics side of it): > If you want to make a point about the nonsense implied in "brain sex", > you shouldn't use such expressions as "female brain" -- even in quotes.
Those terms are quite useful, tho. The "female brain" is an abstraction, a sum of features which tend to exist mostly in women's brains, while the "male brain" is also an abstraction, a sum of features which tend to exist mostly in men's brains. Of course, it's quite true that those aren't 100% accurate, many men have elements of "female brains", and many women have elements of "male brains". What else can you call the features that tend to exist mostly in females? It's like the term "Black English", not all blacks speak it, and many whites have some elements of it, however, it is spoken mostly by blacks, and thus is the most accurate term I can think of. -- "Public media should not contain explicit or implied descriptions of sex acts. Our society should be purged of the perverts who provide the media with pornographic material while pretending it has some redeeming social value under the public's 'right to know.'" - Kenneth Star, 1987 ICQ: 18656696 AOL IM: Nik Tailor