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I turned in my dissertation last week! I'll officially be a doctor on 9/1/2008. Woot! :)

Now on to writing the journal version...and then maybe my academic obligations will be fully discharged. I expect that this won't be quite as taxing, since it's mostly going to involve cutting stuff and refining it so that it flows smoothly.

In other news, I signed up for a pencil drawing & sketching class at my local tech school, so I'll be happily sketching away this fall! I've been self-taught up to this point, but it's long been a dream of mine to get some official training, maybe move on to learning how to use color (oooh!)

jcobleigh and I have started watching the first season of Stargate: Atlantis on DVD. It's fun watching the characters in their earlier years. First few eps are surprisingly good. The show doesn't reach the heights of the new Battlestar Galactica or Babylon 5, but it's roughly equivalent to the generic sci-fi fun, refreshingly non-soap-operatic, occasionally interesting thoughts of Stargate: SG-1, so I'm satisfied.

God (and life) is good.


Well, "Mr. and Mrs. John Doe" has become entrenched, but yes, I agree with you on most of it. Mrs. vs. Miss, however, is just so that the invited woman knows whether or not the host intends to fling eligible bachelors at her.

Women, you see, can't possibly be happy without a man.


*remove tongue from cheek*

The Latino way must drive you crazy, then: let's say that Hector Salcedo and Maria Mendez have a boy (Juan Pablo Salcedo y Mendez) and Jose Acevedo and Pilar Echeverria have a girl (Josefina Lorena Acevedo y Echeverria). When those two children get married, the girl becomes Josefina Lorena Salcedo de Acevedo -- "of" her husband's father's name, and all the women in the family drop out totally. Talk about patriarchal!

Just to close with a funny anecdote -- a similar discussion with Mrs. David Lieberman (and a similar rant, and a book thrown at my head) resulted in my Blockbuster Video membership being registered as "Mrs. and Mr. Linnea Adler" -- so when I want to rent a video, because I refuse to carry that stupid card on my keychain, I have to tell them my phone number and that I am David Adler.
LOL! I love it! Linnea knows exactly what's she's doing. Awesome woman.

Yes, there are many entrenched patriarchal things that (a) you don't notice until someone points it out to you and (b) are not worth tilting at.

For example, the excellent graphic novel series Y: The Last Man points out that even though there's only one guy left alive, it's enough for the French-speaking world to be forced to refer to the planet's population as "ils" instead of "elles".
Aha, but!

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French actually has three genders: masculine, neuter and feminine. The neuter is just about useless, because it doesn't have its own declensions (like the -o ending in Russian or "das" in German) nor does it have the wussy little wimp-out case (like "lo" in Spanish or Italian). But technically ils just refers to a group that contains more than one gender. The presence of a neuter simply makes it LOOK like it's male.

Think of it this way: women are special and have a separate word reserved for groups of only women. Men have to share their group with women, iPods, Bucky balls, photo frames, cornbread and turds (all technically neuter, except the women naturally).

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Yes, from that perspective I feel all special now. Thanks.

(Am now picturing you and jcobleigh standing amidst a large pile of randomly discarded objects, holding a sign that says, "Accurately referred to as 'ils'", while Linnea and I snap pictures and compare our Blockbuster cards.)

::getting a bit punchy, must go to bed::