Re: Stroustrup's Confession (bogus?)

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 23 Mar 1998 20:38:13 -0500

Erik Moeller wrote:

> >Hey, I happen to like neuter (not neutering!), so I'm feeling a little
> >germanly repressed myself! Give me a break, you could equally argue that
> >girls are neuter because they transcend the distinction between male and
> >female.
> Today, this would be appreciatable. At the time the German word for "girl"
> became neuter, the idea of transcension was probably, if at all, interpreted
> as a state of elevation to a place where angels and gods play nifty music.
> The denial of female sexuality has long traces in human history. It can be
> found in the Bible as well (along with lots of other bullshit). Even today,
> there are religous groups which claim that women cannot experience orgasm.
> Therefore, the explanation that the neuter form of "girl" was a repression
> of female sexuality seems much more likely than that it was originated to
> the meme that women will "transcend" first.

I think you are taking this wrong. I see it as a girl being pretty much like a
young boy in childhood, then transcending through a 'neuter' state, to becoming
a woman. SO if you consider that the only difference between men and boys is the
size of their toys, well, then, women have already moved beyond that.....

   Michael Lorrey
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