On Being a Hot Babe (was Re: Hexwood -- Catchup)

Paul Andinach pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Sat Feb 16 19:01:35 EST 2002

On Sat, 16 Feb 2002, Melissa Proffitt wrote:

> 2. In describing groups of people, he mentions how many of them
> are women but not how many are men.  This happens twice: first
> when he goes to the Koryfonic Empire after the bomb and is met by
> some soldiers, second when he looks at Stan's list of potential
> Magids ("there were five names; two of them were women.")  I am
> not making any assumptions about whether Rupert is a chauvinist
> because I don't think that's what this means.  It was just
> intriguing because, for one thing, he figures people can do the
> math, and for another, it suggests that he notices the women
> first.  So probably just the opposite of male chauvinism.  Or DWJ
> doing things differently again.  It was interesting.

Perhaps he mentions the number of women in each case because he
expects his *audience* to take it for granted that they're all men
unless he explicitly mentions the women.

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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