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Study Suggests That Winnie the Pooh Isn't Gender Equal, But Does it Matter?
Fox News ^ | May 7th, 2011 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 05/07/2011 4:20:15 AM PDT by KantianBurke

A comprehensive study of traditional children’s book characters has determined that Pooh Corner may be rife with gender inequality.

Dr. Janice McCabe, a sociologist at Florida State University, examined nearly 6,000 children’s books between 1900 and 2000 and determined the stories have a definitive gender bias and a disproportionate representation of genders.

“We found that males are represented more frequently than females in the titles and the central characters in the book,” McCabe told Fox News Radio.

Fifty seven percent of the children’s stories featured male characters, 31 percent featured female characters and the remainder had animal characters of unknown gender identity, according to the study.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: crazyprofessor; pcidiocy; pooh; sodomhusseinobama
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This story is obnoxious. The all knowing professor would serve her school and community much better investigating more pressing issues such as how to combat the epidemic of kids growing up without dads rather than this nonsense.
1 posted on 05/07/2011 4:20:22 AM PDT by KantianBurke
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To: KantianBurke

NO, it doesn’t matter.


2 posted on 05/07/2011 4:24:52 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: KantianBurke

How much did this twit spend in taxpayer money for “research”? More importantly, where do we go from here? Will children’s book writers be held accountable?


3 posted on 05/07/2011 4:25:30 AM PDT by albie
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To: KantianBurke

A far more worthwhile study would be to determine why immigrants can pass a civics test that American public school children cannot pass.


4 posted on 05/07/2011 4:26:17 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: KantianBurke

This goof ball needs something to do.

What a waste of time.


5 posted on 05/07/2011 4:28:24 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: KantianBurke

The most relevant study is...how the he$% has American society grown so dysfunctional that she even has a JOB....much less receives taxpayers’ monies?!!!


6 posted on 05/07/2011 4:29:38 AM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: Venturer

“This goof ball needs something to do. What a waste of time.”

That’s right; you know the sh!t hasn’t hit the fan yet when people are paid (by taxpayers) for this silliness. When it hits the fan, people like this will be consumed alive (literally) by the people they fleeced for decades.

If it makes these wastes of space feel any better, American children don’t read anymore anyway; next gripe, please?


7 posted on 05/07/2011 4:34:19 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: KantianBurke
Dr. Janice McCabe, a sociologist at Florida State University, examined nearly 6,000 children’s books between 1900 and 2000...

Pretty old broad, eh?

Or should I just say, TTIUWP?

8 posted on 05/07/2011 4:38:56 AM PDT by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: KantianBurke

Dr. Janice McCabe, a sociologist at Florida State University,

Then people wonder why they need Government assistance to send their kids to school its because of this.


9 posted on 05/07/2011 4:42:28 AM PDT by omega4179 (Thank you G W Bush for Guantanamo intel.)
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To: KantianBurke

10 posted on 05/07/2011 4:46:19 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: KantianBurke

What sensible parent names their son “Winnie” anyway.

PC is the new stupid.


11 posted on 05/07/2011 4:47:49 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("Saul Alinsky, meet Donald Trump...")
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To: KantianBurke

After reading this story, I have a mind to complain to the Governor of Florida about this State University receiving tax monies to research this kind of drivel. My daughter was an anthropology major in college, and had to take a number of sociology classes. They are all politically correct, deconstructionist leaning courses the main purpose of which is to challenge tradition.


12 posted on 05/07/2011 4:48:22 AM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: KantianBurke

“The all knowing professor would serve her school and community much better investigating more pressing issues “

Something tells me this idiot’s time is best spent spinning her wheels over stupid crap like this study.


13 posted on 05/07/2011 4:53:05 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
His name is Edward Bear. Winnie-ther-Pooh is a nickname.

I wonder if "Doctor" McCabe has explored the patriarchal, phallocentric implications of Kanga's exclusively maternal role?

Could be another grant in the making.

14 posted on 05/07/2011 4:53:17 AM PDT by Jim Noble (The Constitution is overthrown. The Revolution is betrayed.)
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To: Venturer
No kidding!

Winnie the Pooh is a bear! Good grief.

And they spent how much money for this?

15 posted on 05/07/2011 4:55:42 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Uh... Sir Winston Spencer-Churchill and the American, Jennie Jerome, tried it; reportedly, the kid didn’t turn out too bad. ;-)


16 posted on 05/07/2011 4:55:54 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (e)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

By the way, Winnie the Pooh was a bear; the kid’s name was Christopher Robin.


17 posted on 05/07/2011 4:57:39 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (e)
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To: KantianBurke

Tax dollars at work. Don’t expect any better.


18 posted on 05/07/2011 4:58:37 AM PDT by all the best
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To: martin_fierro

That is too funny. I am reading a set of Pooh books to my five year old. She loves them! The characters fit a lot of individuals you may know or meet.


19 posted on 05/07/2011 5:02:39 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: KantianBurke

This study is an example of why college tuition is out of sight. We pay for not only professors, but for the Teacher Aide who actually teaches, while the professor (making in the six figures) spends their time on these ridiculous studies. Unbelievable!


20 posted on 05/07/2011 5:06:00 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: KantianBurke
I figured she'd be a "looker"... as in "look away, look away". My suspicion was confirmed.


21 posted on 05/07/2011 5:07:50 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: martin_fierro

I guess it is just assumed that they are also all sexist, racist and homophobic?


22 posted on 05/07/2011 5:09:09 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: KantianBurke
feh...
23 posted on 05/07/2011 5:09:57 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: KantianBurke

A. A. Milne wrote the stories for Christopher Robin Milne (born 1920, died 1996). Christopher Robin was a boy, and it’s not surprising that the character role models in stories invented to entertain him would also be boys. That doesn’t prevent normal parents from using the stories to entertain and teach daughters as well. If gender inequity in fiction is the worst problem a little girl faces in her life, her parents are sheltering her too much.


24 posted on 05/07/2011 5:13:21 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: KantianBurke

The news story itself is rife with gender inequality.

100% of the sociologists quoted in the article are female, whereas only 100% of the parents that are quoted are male. The author of the study is 100% female.

Such blatant discrimination reinforces the belief that female sociologists are more important than male parents, more interesting than male characters, which has implications for how both boys and girls feel about themselves and each other in relationships.

So, where do I go to get my PhD?


25 posted on 05/07/2011 5:19:34 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Zeppo

“So, where do I go to get my PhD?”

Once you have remitted tens of thousands of dollars to nearly any major research university, and perhaps kissed the butt of the department chair and 2-3 individuals they will name as your dissertation committee, it’s all yours...


26 posted on 05/07/2011 5:23:20 AM PDT by DrC
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To: momtothree
I am reading a set of Pooh books to my five year old. She loves them! The characters fit a lot of individuals you may know or meet.

It's interesting to learn that the Pooh books are read in the US - I was brought up on them as a little boy in England, and Iive always thought of them as quintessentially English, not readily transferrable to other cultures (especially the delicate, whimsical humour). But I suppose the underlying themes are timeless and placeless.

27 posted on 05/07/2011 5:24:55 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: KantianBurke
Dr. Janice McCabe, a sociologist at Florida State University, examined nearly 6,000 children’s books between 1900 and 2000 and determined the stories have a definitive gender bias and a disproportionate representation of genders.

“We found that males are represented more frequently than females in the titles and the central characters in the book,” McCabe told Fox News Radio.

'dr Jan' has waaaaaaay too much time on her hands and should get fired for wasting the peoples tax money.

an aside:
'Jan' prolly took offense when she *studied* the Three Little Pigs and found out they are straight. And she really got ticked when she also found that the Seven Dwarfs didn't molest Snow White.

I bet 'dr' Jan's college minor was in 'Wymen Studies'
.........................

28 posted on 05/07/2011 5:29:35 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: metesky
Or should I just say, TTIUWP?

Not really. I would bet my bottom dollar she has a "partner" and not a spouse.

You can watch her for a minute on this video: (she comes on at :45 sec)If you can stomach the subject...

Okay, I did a screen cap...


29 posted on 05/07/2011 5:31:11 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Winniesboy

“.. underlying themes are timeless and placeless”

What my little one is getting from it is this: people have different personalities but as friends, you deal with them and have fun. There are 19 small sets of books and each one deals with something a child would sort of deal with: fear of the wind, working with each other, having fun. Her favorite characters are Tigger and Pooh. I am partial to Eeyore.


30 posted on 05/07/2011 5:31:58 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

It’s a metrosexual name!


31 posted on 05/07/2011 5:38:29 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: albie

“How much did this twit spend in taxpayer money for “research”? More importantly, where do we go from here? Will children’s book writers be held accountable?”

So how many children could have received precious face-to-face time with a professor instead? But no, this professor was much too busy reading children’s books. Not to mention all the Teaching Assistants she also tied up, in her unending quest for gender ‘equity’ (a little Jesse Jackson lingo).


32 posted on 05/07/2011 5:39:51 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts))
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Sir Winston Churchhill was knick named (?)

No one ever called him sissy!


33 posted on 05/07/2011 5:40:59 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NOT FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: KantianBurke; albie; sueuprising; Venturer
Postmodern Poo

Pooh Perplex

I own and have read these books. HIGHLY recommended -- they are a series of essays on Pooh written in various postmodernist styles, from Marxist to evolutionary biologist to postcolonialism. Devastating sendups.

(No, I am not renumerated in any way, nor do I have any connection to those who are.)

Cheers!

34 posted on 05/07/2011 5:42:21 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: 6SJ7

Either her glasses are askew or her eyes aren’t level.


35 posted on 05/07/2011 5:48:19 AM PDT by Tax-chick (We learned to be cool from you, JP2.)
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To: KantianBurke

I always thought that Pooh guy was a little light in the loafers...


36 posted on 05/07/2011 6:00:55 AM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: raybbr

“I would bet my bottom dollar she has a “partner” and not a spouse.”

Just how many children does she have, and just how much experience does she have raising small children?

My guess is zilch. Another self-proclaimed expert with no practical experience.


37 posted on 05/07/2011 6:04:36 AM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: KantianBurke

A feminazi at work. I bet she views EVERYTHING in life through this prism of gender and male domination.


38 posted on 05/07/2011 6:08:19 AM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: KantianBurke

She is drifting aimlessly and fails to grasp the purpose of Pooh.

To understand it all, get and read “The Tao of Pooh”

The philosophy lessons given are the point of the series


39 posted on 05/07/2011 6:09:00 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Jim Noble

It takes a special kind of stupid to politicize children’s stories. President Zero would be proud.


40 posted on 05/07/2011 6:24:25 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: 6SJ7

She looks like your run of the mill nimrod liberal gal. More on her:

Areas of Specialization:

Research:

Social Inequalities - Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Childhood and Youth
Social Psychology
Sociology of Sexuality
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Teaching:

Graduate:
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Contemporary Theories of Gender
Undergraduate:
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Childhood in Society
Social Problems
The Gender Attitude and Belief Inventory (GABI): A tool to better understand theoretical perspectives on gender, including types of feminism. VIEW

Education and Recent Professional Experience:

Ph.D. in Sociology, Indiana University
M.A. in Sociology, Indiana University
B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology, Tulane University

Selected Papers and Publications:

Christian Vaccaro, Douglas Schrock, and Janice McCabe. “Managing Emotional Manhood: Fighting and Fostering Fear in Mixed Martial Arts.” Conditional Acceptance from Social Psychology Quarterly. Scheduled for Volume 74, Number 4 (December).
Janice McCabe. Forthcoming [2011]. “Doing Multiculturalism: An Interactionist Analysis of the Practices of a Multicultural Sorority.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Scheduled for Volume 40, Number 4 (August).
Janice McCabe, Emily Fairchild, Liz Grauerholz, Bernice Pescosolido, and Daniel Tope. 2011. “Gender in Twentieth-Century Children’s Books: Patterns of Disparity in Titles and Central Characters.” Gender & Society 25(2):197-226. READ
John Bancroft, J. Scott Long, and Janice McCabe. Forthcoming. “Sexual Well-Being: A Comparison of U.S. Black and White Women in Heterosexual Relationships.” Archives of Sexual Behavior. READ
Janice McCabe, Amanda E. Tanner, and Julia Heiman. 2010. “The Impact of Gender Expectations on Meanings of Sex and Sexuality: Results from a Cognitive Interview Study.” Sex Roles 62(3-4):252-263. READ
Janice McCabe and Douglas Schrock. 2009. “Further Reflections on the Term ‘Bitch.’” Sociological Analysis 3(1):118-122. READ
Janice McCabe. 2009. “Racial and Gender Microaggressions on a Predominantly-White Campus: Experiences of Black, Latina/o and White Undergraduates.” Race, Gender and Class. 16(1):133-151. READ
Jeffrey C. Dixon and Janice McCabe. 2006. “Competing Perspectives in the Classroom: The Effect of Sociology Students’ Perceptions of ‘Balance’ on Evaluations.” Teaching Sociology 34: 111-125. READ
Janice McCabe. 2005. “Who are the Experts? Medicalization in Teen Magazine Advice Columns.” Pp. 153-191 in Sociological Studies in Children and Youth: Volume 11, edited by David A. Kinney and Katherine Brown Rosier. Oxford, England: JAI Press an Official Imprint of Elsevier Science. READ
Janice McCabe. 2005. “What’s in a Label? The Relationship between Feminist Self-Identification and ‘Feminist’ Attitudes among U.S. Women and Men.” Gender & Society 19 (4): 480-505. READ

Manuscripts in Progress:

Koji Ueno, Eric R. Wright, Matthew Gayman, and Janice McCabe. “Segregation in Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth’s Personal Networks: Testing Structural Constraint, Choice Homophily, and Compartmentalization Hypotheses.”
Janice McCabe, Karin Brewster, and Kathryn Harker Tillman. “Sexual Orientation, Sexual Attraction, and Patterns of Same-Sex Behavior during Young Adulthood.”
Douglas Schrock, Janice McCabe, and Christian Vaccaro. “Batterers’ Tragic Relationships: Narrative Resistance In and Out of a Batterer Intervention Program.”
Janice McCabe and Brandon A. Jackson. “The Financial Aid Grapevine: How People and Organizations Impact Students’ Experiences with Financing College.”
Janice McCabe and Brian Powell. “Making Theory Relevant: The Gender Attitude and Belief Inventory.”
Janice McCabe. “The Significance of Race and Ethnicity for Students’ Friendship Network Density at a Predominantly-White University.”


41 posted on 05/07/2011 6:35:43 AM PDT by libh8er
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To: KantianBurke
ugh
42 posted on 05/07/2011 6:48:03 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: KantianBurke

Winnie the Pooh never wears pants anyway...


43 posted on 05/07/2011 6:49:56 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: TMA62
A feminazi at work. I bet she views EVERYTHING in life through this prism of gender and male domination.

Meanwhile, the reality is:

In 2005, OECD countries awarded 57% of their degrees on average to women. If the trend continues, the percentage could reach 63% by 2025.


44 posted on 05/07/2011 6:54:54 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: KantianBurke
Dr. Janice McCabe, a sociologist at Florida State University, examined nearly 6,000 children’s books between 1900 and 2000 and determined the stories have a definitive gender bias and a disproportionate representation of genders.

1. She must be really old now
2. Talk about a long term research project
3. The workload appears light though.

45 posted on 05/07/2011 7:10:31 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
What sensible parent names their son “Winnie” anyway.

The name is "Winnie the Pooh" (somebody was raised in a culture free environment)

46 posted on 05/07/2011 7:13:18 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: KantianBurke

All liberals must die.


47 posted on 05/07/2011 7:17:19 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: KantianBurke

Her “research” is twaddle. Ineffable rubbish. Academic offal. There was no question that needed to be answered, so she created one. The ‘research’ consisted of reading...children’s books. This is only difficult if her reading level is rather low. Since she is employed by Florida State, I conclude she is being paid out of public funds; the taxpayers have had their money squandered in this case.


48 posted on 05/07/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: KantianBurke

“...Dr. Janice McCabe, a sociologist at Florida State University...”

Where do they find these morons???

Dear “Dr” Janice:
Get a life, you stupid twit.


49 posted on 05/07/2011 7:38:32 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
What sensible parent names their son “Winnie” anyway.

It is a common nickname for 'Winston'
However, considering that A.A. Milne took his cast from the stuffed animals that his son, Christopher R.Milne,played with, it is not surprising that a six-year old boy would have mostly male friends.
50 posted on 05/07/2011 8:59:26 AM PDT by jmcenanly ( "We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him." -Samuel)
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