Thursday, May 17, 2007

Wondering...?

While watching CSI today, one detective identified footprints--"seems to be stiletto heels belonging to a female."

Does it bother anyone else that they were belonging to a "female?" Maybe it's just that I lived in France for too long, where femelle refers only to animals. Maybe it's the feminist in me. But it bothered me for a second.

And then I watched the rest of the show.

6 comments:

jube said...

Well you know, they had to make sure that everyone understood that the stiletto heels did not belong to a male...

Doc said...

Ditto Jube...I was thinking you've obviously never hung out with any cross dressers. Stilettos are (often) their shoes of choice...unless they're wearing platforms.

Yeah, I have a twisted past.

helene said...

But then...how could they know the shoes belonged to a female??? Could have been a heavy female or a light-footed male.

jube said...

Hey, Doc and the CSI people hang out with cross dressers. THEY know, okay?

Gem said...

Yeah, that was weird too... but I guess they /do/ investigate a lot of sordid cases... :)

Mlle Smith said...

I'm happy someone else finally brought this up. It annoys me to no end when I hear people use the term "female" in place of "woman". It seems to be the most base way of describing a woman and I tend to find it very insulting (and generally, only acceptable when it's not being used for scientific explanations).

People don't get why this gets under my skin, but you're right, in the US people are using this term more and more now to denote "a woman". While a dog can be female, it can never be "a woman"...imo, it's inappropriate to use "female" and "woman" interchangeably.