Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sex and Gender

    It wasn’t until the 1960s that feminists cranked up the word “gender” as a replacement for sex, but D. H. Lawrence unwittingly pushed things in that direction back in 1929. He was the first to use the word “sex” as a euphemism for coitus rather than to mean what distinguishes men from women. The expression “to have sex” is an absurd construction when you think about what the word “sex” really means, but it is now ubiquitous. It’s also completely unnecessary. English has plenty of polite words for the act—coitus, copulation, intercourse, rutting, congress—and even situational refinements such as adultery and fornication. The impolite variants are endless.
So informs Taki's Magazine's Jared Taylor in his article explaining how "once sex ceased to be merely a clinical distinction and also began to mean copulation, the feminists had an opening and offered 'gender' as a replacement," and how "they wanted to do a lot more than that" — Unsexing the Language.

I never had much use for D.H. Lawrence, but I vaguely recall enjoying the lesbian subplot of the film adaptation of The Rainbow (1989).

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3 Comments:

Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Tom Clancy, in his "Red Storm Rising", described a couple as being "horizontal and superimposed."

Great phrase.

December 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Great phrase indeed. Far better than the euphemisms* employed by most of us.

* Not quite the right word, since the marital act is, as a sacrament, good (eu-) in itself.

December 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Steve Hayes said...

Ther feminists want to have their cake and eat it.

First they tell us that gender is the social construction of sex.

Then they tell us that sex is cake.

December 28, 2012 at 5:22 AM  

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