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#7258Only two groups of people fall for flattery -- men and women.
#7259 People of all sorts of genders are reporting great difficulty,
these days, in selecting the proper words to refer to those of the female
"Lady," "woman," and "girl" are all perfectly good words, but
misapplying them can earn one anything from the charge of vulgarity to a good
swift smack. We are messing here with matters of deference, condescension,
respect, bigotry, and two vague concepts, age and rank. It is troubling
enough to get straight who is really what. Those who deliberately misuse
the terms in a misbegotten attempt at flattery are asking for it.
A woman is any grown-up female person. A girl is the un-grown-up
version. If you call a wee thing with chubby cheeks and pink hair ribbons a
"woman," you will probably not get into trouble, and if you do, you will be
able to handle it because she will be under three feet tall. However, if you
call a grown-up by a child's name for the sake of implying that she has a
youthful body, you are also implying that she has a brain to match.
#7260Physically there is nothing to distinguish human society from the
farm-yard except that children are more troublesome and costly than
chickens and women are not so completely enslaved as farm stock.
-- George Bernard Shaw, "Getting Married"
#7261Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men
should be happier than others.
-- Oscar Wilde
#7262Sally: C'mon, Ted, all I'm asking you to do is share your feelings
with me.
Ted: ALL? Do you realize what you're asking? Men aren't trained
to share. We're trained to protect ourselves by not
letting anyone too close. Good grief, if I go around
sharing everything with you, you could hang me out to dry.
Sally: It's called "trust," Ted.
Ted: "Sharing"? "Trust"? You're really asking me to sail into
uncharted waters here.
-- Sally Forth
#7263Scientists still know less about what attracts men than they do about
what attracts mosquitoes.
-- Dr. Joyce Brothers,
"What Every Woman Should Know About Men"
#7264She always believed in the old adage -- leave them while you're looking good.
-- Anita Loos, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
#7265She been married so many times she got rice marks all over her face.
-- Tom Waits
#7266She is descended from a long line that her mother listened to.
-- Gypsy Rose Lee
#7267She just came in, pounced around this thing with me for a few years, enjoyed
herself, gave it a sort of beautiful quality and left. Excited a few men
in the meantime.
-- Patrick Macnee, reminiscing on Diana Rigg's
involvement in "The Avengers".
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