Monday, October 27, 2014

The Cat's Meow

We're well into our twenty first century. Gone are the days when women couldn't own property, couldn't vote, couldn't go out unescorted.

Today, women have jobs. They still don't make as much money as men, but they do have jobs. As Virginia Slims would say: "You've come a long way, baby".

Now, I don't see myself as a card carrying feminist. But I do believe that the rights of men and women should be the same, the salaries of men and women should be the same. That men and women should both have the same right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Having said that, I've been known to make some indiscriminate stereotypical comments about men. It's probably a futile attempt on my part to level the playing field after millennia of men ruling the world. It's all in good fun.

I do have one pet peeve, though.

You've all heard it. Or done it yourself. A women will get into a heated discussion with another person and inevitably some bystander will make the sound: "Meow." Then of course, there's "The claws are coming out now". And the classic: "Cat fight".

It drives me crazy. It instantly dismisses everything a woman is saying by reducing it to petulant whining. No one ever makes any cat comments when a man is arguing a point.

Please, please, please, please, please. Isn't it time we eliminated this grating idiom from our language?

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