April 18, 2003
the kind of letter i write lately, sigh...
Re: registration form. I am neither a Mr. nor a Ms, and I resent having to choose one in order to please a friend by participating in your scheme.
Mr./Mister-formal address for an adult male
Ms-invention by women who no longer wanted to be considered "Mrs" as in belonging to a Mr.
Furthermore, Mrs. was traditionally only used in conjunction with *his* name as long as he was alive, so sites requesting this title in order to use it with a woman's first name are relegating her to traditional "widow" status.
This is all quite silly. But to attempt to escape from it by inventing a title which actually stands for nothing and only implies the vaguest notion of belonging to the female gender is even sillier. Well, 30 years ago it was merely sillier. In the year 2003, I refuse to participate. Therefore, I chose none, and was then informed that I had not filled in all required fields. I will not have my identity dictated by women who still believe that social equality requires a meaningless and outmoded means of address, or by unthinking web programmers. I did not complete the registration.
okay, i did rewatch Pride and Prejudice. i can't help it. i'm infected with this girly disease from time to time, that makes me need to see Darcy putting on that green coat and running out the door with his hair still wet. and then Manchild was on last night. i just love watching Tony Head/James the orthodontist laugh. he has the best laugh expression of anyone. he's not like, my dream date or anything, i just love watching him laugh. if you have BBC America, and don't mind naughty things, look for the V. Graham Norton ep. that features Tony Head. it's pretty much 30 minutes of joy in watching him laugh. also, he has a nice, sort of languid posture and stride. very, very nice.