Politics and the English Language

08 Feb

Th New York Times is genuinely weird on style. Take this excellent article on the struggle between feminists and Bernie Sanders supporters. It appears that too many young women are supporting Senator Sanders. As one wag commented about Nazi Germany fighting the Soviet union in World War II, it’s a shame they can’t both lose. First, though, an excerpt highlighting feminist hypocrisy:

Ms. Steinem, 81, one of the most famous spokeswomen of the feminist movement, took the sentiment a step further on Friday in an interview with the talk show host Bill Maher. Explaining that women tend to become more active in politics as they become older, she suggested that younger women were backing Mr. Sanders just so they could meet young men.

“When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’ ” Ms. Steinem said.

Realizing that this was potentially offensive, Mr. Maher recoiled. “Oh. Now if I said that, ‘They’re for Bernie because that’s where the boys are,’ you’d swat me.”

But Ms. Steinem laughed it off, replying, “How well do you know me?”

Of course, the real hypocrisy isn’t feminist double-speak, but in the use of titles of address. Here are some other people quoted in the article.

“Marion Just, a political science professor at Wellesley College… Ms. Just…”

“That feeling was evident at a rally for Mrs. Clinton in Iowa in late January when Jaimee and Matthew Warbasse took their 7-month-old daughter to see the candidate… Ms. Warbasse…”

The second woman might be inflicting abuse on her child, but is clearly Mrs. Warbasse. The first is best properly referred to as Dr. Just, unless the NY Times is now ignoring women’s achievements.

And the subject of the story? “Ms. Just said that she respected women who looked beyond gender when choosing whom to support, but that she was surprised there had not been more excitement about Mrs. Clinton among younger women.”



Posted by on February 8, 2016 in America, The Decline, The Kulturkampf


6 responses to “Politics and the English Language

  1. Will S.

    February 8, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Weird. One of the few things I have normally liked about the NYT has been their dogged insistence on honorifics. Yet now, while maintaining that, their ideological commitment to feminism has them failing to recognize professional credentials in favour of using that damned ‘Ms.’ as much as possible.

    Also, it seems pedantic to refer to electoral candidates by honorifics, when everyone else calls them by their full name, i.e. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, etc. C’mon; Dr. Just probably said ‘Hillary Clinton’ rather than ‘Mrs. Clinton’, so why be pedantic about it? Honour the academic’s achievement AND normal everyday familiarity with presidential candidates. Sheesh.

  2. Will S.

    February 8, 2016 at 11:04 am

    That said, if they’d JUST be consistent, and refer to all known married women as ‘Mrs.’, except call all Ph.Ds and MDs ‘Dr.’, I’d be happy.

  3. realgaryseven

    February 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Typical leftist semantic games. Bizarre.

  4. Jacob

    February 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    The parrot-like inconsistencies of the Apparently Left are starting to erupt like pimples on a teenager. They’re also just as hard to hide. This shows that the MSM can’t be trusted even with the correct use of their own dysfunctional language. The ‘news’papers are becoming more and more ironic and satirical. Soon their commentary will be indistinguishable from TV shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

  5. feeriker

    February 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    “Mrs.” Clinton? The sound of it induces mouth vomit. And what an insult to those real women who proudly where the title!


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