Modern Living: Ah, Sweet Ms-ery

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that's all."

—Through the Looking-Glass

The real question, according to the Women's Liberation movement, is whether males have used language to help perpetuate their roles as masters. The answer, say the feminists, is yes. They have decided that the living language is living proof of their oppression, and they have set out to change it from the pronouns up.

The new jargon spawned by the liberationists has already moved into the vernacular. Expressions such as "male chauvinist pig (MCP)," "bra burner," "consciousness...

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