Random House College Dictionary - Depends on How You Look At It ?•
Houston Post, August 20, 1976, Austin (AP) - "A woman shed tears Thursday over vulgar
words in a dictionary,proposed for Texas high schools,...because it contained numerous
slang expressions for sexual intercourse (etc.)...After reading several others in their
scatalogical meanings, she choked up.'I'm not going to read any more,' she sobbed."
A check of the Random House dictionary shows that the sort of slang words mentioned
above are, usually, accurately and nbjectively defined. What is obscene about the book
is its sexist bias. Although words insulting ethnic groups are cited as offensive, this
term is not applied to words grossly offensive to or contemptuous of women. Such words
don't even merit the disparaging label given to "honky." Instead, for example, "tail"
is cooly defined as "12...coitus, or a woman considered as an object of coitus" while
"cunt" is "slang (usually vulgar) 1. the vagina. 2. a woman, especially as an object of
sex." In general,words used disparagingly of men are not described in that sense, and
there are significant imbalances in definitions of what should be equivalent terms.
While a bachelor is simply "an unmarried man," a spinster is "a woman beyond the usual
age for marrying and still unmarried." Such examples abound, but the following comments
on "female" and "male" will serve to show how it's done. A few tears of rage might be
fem., I. female. 2. feminine.
female (fit'tiiM), //. 1, ;i human ln-Ini* <>f the wx th.it ron-
reives and bears yountr; a worn m <>r uirl. 2. any animal of
corresponding sex. cither hearing living you tiff <>r nroducitiff
<rns. 3. Hot. a pistillate plant. —ml}. 4. Mmiffitiff to the
sex that heirs young i»r produce* cffffK. f>. <>i. p. nainitiK
to, or characteristic of this sex; feminine: female suffrage;
female eharm. H. Hot. a. designating or pertaining lo a plant
or i he reproductive structure of a plant that produces or
contains elements that neinl fertilization b. (of wed plants)
pistillate. 7. \taeh. noting a p.irt. thread, etc.. into which
a corresponding male pari fits H. Obs womanish; weakly.
iMK, var. Ihj assdc. with male) ol lemellc < ML ftmeltn
female, L: little \s<>man, dim. of fitmna; set' kcmk] ' — fe'-
—Syn. l.See woman. 6. KlCMAI.K, KFTKMINATK, kkmimnk
refer to at tributes ol women. Kkmai.k. is hot n the general and
scientific term, and was formerly used to designate anything
not male: female organ* in a plant or animal; a female sem-
innry. Kkkkminatk is seldom applied to women; it refers
reproachfully or contemptuously to qualities which, although
natural in women, are unmanly and weak when possessed
by men,and often surest homosexuality '.effeminate gestures;
a'n effeminate raiee. I'kmimnf, corresponding to masculine.
applies to the attributes particularly appropriate to women,
esp. the softer and more delicate qualities. The word is
seldom used merely to denote sex. and. if applied to ideas.
Objects, or the like, suggests the delicacy and weakness of
women: a feminine figure, point of rietc, features. —Ant.
s(t. mi. Co,,.: Male.
male fmni), a<h. 1. of or l>elongiiiK to the sex that Ivgets
young by fertilizing the female. 2. pertaining to or characteristic of this sex; masculine. 3. composed of males: u male
choir. 4. Hot. a. designating or pertaining in any reproductive structure producing or containing elements I bat bring
about the fertilization of the female element, b. (of seed
plants) stamiuate, .".. Modi, noting a part, thread, etc.,
ritting into a corrcs|v»ndiim female part. —rt. ♦>. a person
of the male sex; man or hov. 7. any animal of male vex. 8.
Hot. a stamiuate plant. [Mi: < MF tnatsilc < \. tnascul(trs).
See m \S( ii.im] — malc'tn'ss, tt,
—Svn. 1. M\i.k, MAs.-ri.iNK are descriptive of one l»e-
loiudllg to the paternal sex. MA1.K always lelers lo sex,
whether ol human IteltifC*. animals, or plants: Male animals
are often larger than the females. M \s< i link applies to the
iptalil ies t hat properly characterize human males: a masculine
Inn' o<~ spcits. The term may lie applied b> women, suggestint»
some incongruity (as, a masculine appearance), or with complimentary or ambivali nl impllea lions: Sfte has a masculine
miml 2. ninuly. •—Ant. 1. 2, 4-8. female.
Male (ma'le). n. a «it \ in and the capital ol the Maldive
Islands. KMfi i HMH).
male-, a prefix meaning "evil." occurring in loan words
from Latin: malediction. Cf. mal-. f< L]
ma-le-ate (m.» IP'it), n. Chcm. a salt or ester of maleic
acid. | m m.k( i<- \« i D) -1- - \ ri-.-'
Whatever Happened to TITLE IX? Department
WASHINGTON - The Senate Thursday voted 88-0 to exempt father-son and
mother-daughter school activities from
federal sex discrimination laws.
The unanimous vote followed debate in
which Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., praised
federal efforts against sex discrimination
but called recent rulings against traditional all-male or all-female school social
activities **the most idiotic I have ever
The provision approved Thursday is an
amendment to a pending six-year, $35.3
billion education and vocational assistance authorization bill.
It applies to sex discrimination rulings
issued by the Health, Education and Welfare Department and follows controversial. HEW bans against father-son
functions and all-boy chorale groups in
President Ford recently ordered HEW
to rescind its ruling that father-son and
mother-daughter functions were sexually
The overall Senate bill, once passed,
would have to go to the House for action.
The sexual discrimination exemption
states that traditional father-son and
mother-daughter school functions are
permissable so long as the. school offers
"opportunities for reasonably comparable
activities ... for students of the other
The amendment, offered by Sen. Paul
Fannin, R-Ariz., also exempts American
Legion youth organizations — including
Boys State, Boys Nation, Girls State and
Girls Nation — from sex discrimination
*Jhe Houston P<w /
FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 1976
The emotion carries over into team
unity, what you often hear men players
say is lacking on their team. It takes five
to ten years for most men's teams to
develop the kind of rapport the Dandelions had last year, claims Edwards.
"We can also tell when a woman has
been out partying or dancing too late.
We can't tell that with a man, but we can
tell if he's spent the night with a woman.
That kind of activity really takes the edge
off a man and he's subpar on the field.
That's why fighters are kept away from
home six weeks to two months. However,
you just don't know that with a woman.
"You.know, with men in most sports
there are the stars who feel they should
have special privileges," he adds. "What
I really like about the women is that even
with the ones who have superior talent,
there are no showoffs, no prima donnas.
Everyone is willing to pull her share."($)