Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Spot of Freedom

Andrew Stuttaford:
Via The Local, a spot of language-washing in France:
A town in the north-west Brittany region has struck a blow for feminist campaigners by banishing the use of the title “mademoiselle”, or “miss”, from all official forms. The continued use of “mademoiselle” in France to refer to an unmarried woman has been the subject of heated debate in recent years. Regional newspaper Ouest France reported that the town of Cesson-Sévigné, which is a suburb of the city of Rennes, took the decision to get rid of the term from all official forms from January 1st 2012.
Stuttaford plainly thinks something important is being lost here - and hey, mademoiselle is a fun word to say! - but I'd wager Stuttaford would feel differently if there was a word preceding his name that indicated whether or not he'd had a boner stuck in him, or could be pursued by boner-bearing individuals.

Videos provided by Jennifer and the zombie. Sadly Thundra's boner is defective.



17 comments:

Jennifer said...

Great. Now I'll have this stuck in my head all day.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

A video for your post, S_McG?
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zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Alternate video.

As much as it caused a stir when it was adopted, the use of "ms." in America has made things a bit less convoluted, I have found.

Of course, it still upsets the whackaloons like this fella.

Substance McGravitas said...

That's THREE mademoiselle videos. Okay then.

Substance McGravitas said...

Aww, the boner one doesn't embed.

mikey said...

Hey! I know! Let's go to the Washington Redskins game and then we can hop on a plane and go skiiing at Squaw Valley.

On a related note, just exactly which residents of Armentières shall we reference in this dystopian future when all women are presumed to be one with the boner?

Jennifer said...

Aww, the boner one doesn't embed.

Not touching it...

ZRM is correct, it does make things let convoluted, however, you still have to have the entire discussion/cross examination of why you didn't take Mrs. in the first place.

Substance McGravitas said...

Yeah, I can't say I have any problem at all with renaming the Redskins or Squaw Valley. At the least it's something to do.

Substance McGravitas said...

ZRM is correct, it does make things let convoluted, however, you still have to have the entire discussion/cross examination of why you didn't take Mrs. in the first place.

Perhaps the government could start removing it from their forms and OH WOULDN'T THAT BE EASY IN AMERICA.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

OH WOULDN'T THAT BE EASY IN AMERICA.

They should at least add "post-living" to the forms.

Don't know whether that would be in Occupation, or Marital Status, or what, though.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Also, I start thinking of Margaret Atwood, don't know why.

Substance McGravitas said...

Not touching it...

...

mikey said...

Substance is NOT touching the boner.

Repeat, Substance is not TOUCHING the boner.

At this point, the boner remains untouched. More on this developing story as it happens...

vacuumslayer said...

Sure, saying "mademoiselle" is fun, but saying "Lake Titicaca" is funner.

Also, "poop."

vacuumslayer said...

w/v is "smutiess." SMUTIESS. Smut-ty-YES!!!!!!!!!

The Boner said...

Dammit!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

also, thunder's video is awesome. Weeds is MASSIVE funny.

I wish Netflix would update the seasons though.