20180417

3 Genders?

Sure, in English there are three genders. Most nouns are implicitly neuter; ungendered in fact. Apart from that there is masculine and feminine. Generally these relate to the biological sexes.

Three genders, but only two sexes.

Just check your chromosomes, the'll tell you your sex, or do a below the waistline search. That'll tell you too.

What about intersex/trans-sex. These are deformities or abnormalities, usually non-functional so are of no species-significance; let's therefore not worry about them, while empathising for their sufferers.

Sex differntiation in language is culturally significant because the two sexes are needed to make babies. Helps to know where to look for a mate and clarifies language references, also given the general range of inclinations of the different sexes.

Now it gets confusing. The desire to label and categorise every grade of variation between male and female is a modern conceit and fails to accept the wide range of behaviour, interests and proclivities within each sex. A guy can be sweet and arty, a girl can be tough and 'ballsy'. Still male and female respectively: these are the biologically active differences, and that, socially is all that matters.

20180416

Hashtags

When there is a bushfire, the authorities tell us where it sits on their public rating scale...sort of a 'chef's hat' system for fire danger.

Often the news media will report on a disaster and tell us how 'knit' the community involved is, but they use an uncalibrated scale.

Here is the basic scale they could use: an internationally recognised ISO scale of community knittedness.















Of course, If the Not quite knit is a response to a loss of life by criminal action, the status becomes 'Unrevelled'. Entertainment workers are often involved; they mean 'fuck off' but no one's written down for them.


20180414

Hit it with a stick

Best line from Jordan Peterson: if you can't get your own life in order, "you will hit something complicated with a stick and think that you've fixed it"

20180412

Invasion #2

SBS kindly broadcast a documentary on George III, the English king who gave secret instructions to James Cook on his exporatory voyage to the southern Pacific.

The letter was shown and narrated on the documentary, George instructed Cook thus:
"...treat any locals you find with respect...endeavour by all proper means to cultivate a friendship with them...inviting them to traffic [trade]...showing them every kind of civility and regard..."