We as a society should banish the use of the term gender with respect to human being. Whether sorted by brains or beauty, Babette Josephs goes to the back of the line, from Charles Thompson, Patriot News :
Pennsylvania State Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Philadelphia, picked up the political hand grenade that is the state’s ultrasound bill today when she wondered aloud at a Capitol rally if Republican women who had co-sponsored the bill are “men with breasts.”
Josephs’ remarks came at a political rally sponsored by the Lancaster County Democratic Committee, in which she accused Republicans in control of the state Senate and state House of turning Pennsylvania into a “laboratory for the right-wing. They’re trying all these experiments on us.”
Then, she took specific aim at women lawmakers who co-sponsored the ultrasound bill, asking rhetorically, “I do not understand how a woman in this Legislature can say to herself: ‘I’m not capable of making my own health decisions… but I can get elected and make them for somebody else.
Reax, Tina Korbe, Hot Air :
This is truly one of the most bizarre, perplexing bits of news I’ve ever encountered. It’s the sort of tidbit that justifies the resurrection of that clichÃ©: “We’re through the looking glass.” Up is down, down is up, an embrace of fertility is somehow a sign of masculinity
More, Jill, Pundit & Pundette :
It would be unkind to repeat #2 son’s pithy observations on Rep. Josephs. She probably can’t help it.
Jill, Unkind is my middle name. We will make Number Two a co-blogger here, and let him post his remarks.
And more, Sister Toldjoh :
#WarOnWomen: Hello. I’m a man with breasts …or so @BabetteJosephs says
Posted by: ST on March 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm Heh. Who knew?
The Sister likes to be known for more than her girl pats The Sister non-girl parts work just fine. Sadly for Josephs, none her parts appear to have ever used.
It would behoove us to remember that our sex essentially determined by God, or fate, and is immutable. That is, sex an unalterable traits, as race is. Your sex is a given. It is inane to to think of sex, as Josephs does, as some kind of mailable social convention. The term gender can never be properly used to describe any person. Gender is only a property of nouns, not people.
In contrast, the term lady describes a female with a certain style of behavior. Which why, I would the congressional term of gentlelady to redundant and absurd.