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As I wrote on Kathy F's blog, calling men "girly" is an attack on men, not women. The purpose is to straight-jacket men into sharply defined gender roles. The message is not that there's something bad about girls, but that there's something bad about a boy acting like a girl --- meaning acting outside of the narrowly prescribed gender role assigned to men.

Feminists used to fight against gender stereotypical role enforcement --- when it was the women's role. Now they seem to be fighting for it -- when it's the male role.

To put it another way if you can think back to a time when calling a woman "butch" was an insult to her, then would it have struck you that the word "butch" was really an attack on all men by suggesting that being manly was a negative thing?

And as I wrote on my blog, you sure don't get it.

(eRobin, I turned off trackbacks, thinking to get rid of the trackback spam, but it only turned them off for the new posts, not the old ones, so I'm still getting it!)

I'm right there with ya, kid.

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