Was kinda shooting for a metaphorical, and not literal interpretation, Jab...think it's a perfectly fine way to express the opinion that someone (male or female) is letting the feeling he or she has something to prove and/or ego issues which are getting in the way of rational thinking.
And I have absolutely no time in my life for hating the way someone chooses to express himself, as long as it's not causing demonstrable harm to anyone. None.
To you, it is.
BS. If it was "ego issues" there would be no at the end of your post. You were referring to penis. Own it. Say there's nothing wrong with it if you want, but own it.
You say you have no time in your life for hating the way someone expresses himself. Okay, "hate" is too strong. I don't "hate" expressions. ~ Now, tell me if someone was in a discussion with your wife and said she probably held the opinion she did because she was hormonal or on her period -- that you'd have no problem with that. It's just an expression. It could be metaphorical.
Tim is one of the least sexist people I have ever met - he views on the human condition, equality, gender norming are refreshingly advanced and insightful.
Having said that, I see your point, Jab. I read your comments and (to me) they make sense. I remember debating abortion with someone and at one point I got pissed and this person's response to me was something along the lines of "get a hold of your hormones" it really was sexist (the whole "pms" and "women=emotional" response can certainly be interpreted as insulting)
I agree there are better explanations for behavior than penis size and pms (and you and I - and anyone who knows Tim - know that he realizes this. I saw the light-heartedness of his comment) and I myself referenced our foreign policy as a form of "dick-wagging" in another thread. Maybe it would serve us to stop using these responses, because while jokes, they might have the unintended consequence of reinforcing sexist ideas.
(Tim, do you see what happens when you post without my permission?!?! Christ, I'm tired of cleanin up your messes and having to apologize for you )
I don't for a moment think Tim is sexist - or at least not intentionally. What I think is we live in a culture -- and even more so it's a culture on and of the people of this board -- where sexist remarks and stereotypes about men are very accepted where those of and about women would be jumped on and get a person ostracized right quick. I think Tim isn't sexist; I think he (in this case) and many other people are culturally indoctrinated.
I appreciate that you, China, get my point. Also that you didn't try to minimize the point. Yep, they are all "jokes". But we'll put up with the joke if it's about men, but not if it's about women. That's sexist.
And, for what it's worth, it's not that I don't think the men can handle it. I certainly can. It does not bother me on a personal level. ~ What I see as the problem is that if you accept it here...you really have no credibility to dis-accept it elsewhere. If it's okay to be sexist toward men, you are weakening your case when someone is sexist toward women, or racist, or speciesist. You ether have integrity (to the best of your knowledge and ability) or you don't.
My issue is not personal. See above.