The Monday Peeve 61

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

I know what you’re thinking: Paula probably doesn’t have any peeves after this great weekend. Wrong! I always have a peeve (though I apologize for last week’s bailing on the post due to migraine, which is a peeve in itself). This week’s peeve has to do with politics, but it is definitely not the usual. I am pleased as punch (not sure what that means, but it’s a good thing) that Senator Harris will be our Vice President soon, making history as the first woman, first Black, and first Indian-American to hold that office. And she is from California… and her husband Doug Emhoff will not only be our first Second Gentleman, but he received his undergrad degree at Cal State Northridge same as me. He also was born in NY and lived in NJ before moving to California as a young person. And he’s Jewish. We’re like twins! Except for my 9-year layover in Illinois.

Back to peevery. My little peeve is with the media who incessantly refer to Senator Harris as the first woman VP. What? I hate when people use “woman” as a modifier. It’s a noun, same as man. Do we say man VP? Man nurse? Man teacher? No, we do not because that sounds all kinds of wrong. We say male. Likewise, we should be using “female” in those descriptions of a woman.

Kamala Harris will be our first female Vice President. Ah. That sounds so great!

30 responses to “The Monday Peeve 61

  1. Yep! It’s all about the grammar. I use words in all kinds of wrong ways… on purpose. But, incorrect grammar is irritating! It just goes to show that the people hired to deliver “the news” may look good on camera, but they aren’t necessarily qualified journalists.
    Thank you for the Peeve, the education on the correct usage, and making us more smarter😉🤓

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  2. And hopefully Trump will be our last pumpkin president. I wonder what the adjective version of pumpkin would even be. Pumpkinly? Pumpkinesque?

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  3. Wat? Man on the moon. Male astronaut

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  4. My peeve are the Trump supporters who still think there was voter fraud and Trump will win. Just give it up!

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  5. “Kamala Harris is the first vice president of their gender?” I love our language!
    What all this is highlighting is the fact that some have been saying all along–the gender of the people with these professions, politician, scientist, teacher, construction worker, does NOT matter. Stop searching for a word you shouldn’t need to use.
    Of course, right now that totally misses the point, and we should congratulate Kamala, and probably ourselves, that we finally crossed that line.
    My peeve, since this is MY comment 🙂 has to do with the little debate about what to call Kamala’s husband once she, Kamala, is officially VP. First gentleman? My first thought was , no, he is and should remain Mr. Harris. That made me realize that the term, first lady, has always been a little obnoxious as well. So my peeve is that as an old white dinosaur, I struggle with this BS, always aware that I’m probably wrong and being upset even though it probably really doesn’t matter.

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  7. First of all, yay about everything to do with Kamala and Doug! The obvious implication is that *you* can one day be second lady!

    Yeah, the inconsistency bothers me too. I don’t mind so much when a noun becomes a verb. Verbing is a thing! But let’s be consistent about it, especially when there is an obvious counterpart that is not verbed.

    To complicate matters more, there is the man slave, which definitely has a different connotation from male slave. And here is anther example of gender verbing that also adds a more specific connotation compared with “male”:

    Now when he was a young man,
    He never thought he’d see
    People stand in line to see the boy king.

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  8. Love that song! It’s deliberately full of mistakes, which makes it funnier imo. Definitely man slave is different from male slave 🤣

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  9. Phew. I just went back to my Who Won the Week post about Kamala Harris and I’m pleased to report that I didn’t refer to her as a woman VP. I said that she is “the first woman ever to be elected to a national office,” and that she has the potential to “become America’s first female president.” “Female” not “woman”!

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  10. I get annoyed with this as well. And thank goodness they do not refer to her as a Vice-Presidentess. I used to work as an actor and in my generation we started to call ourselves Actors not Actresses. After all there are not lawyeresses or doctoresses or Presidentesses. Amen!

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  11. Yes, that sounds so much better.

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  14. I agree! Female is the right and correct term not woman vice president! It sounds awful!

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  15. Well, farts.
    One of my favorite threads to post in, on a forum for a virtual world, is a “pet peeves” thread. For various reasons I have stopped posting in that forum recently. Today, after at least five peeved-ladened days, I had a light bulb moment that maybe I would do a prompt, ala a peeve of the week. I’m brilliant! Wait. Wut? I look in my reader and there… there is already one!

    I’m Peeved.

    🙂

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