Archives for July 23, 2012

Sally Ride has died

Dr. Sally Ride is reported to have died today after a long battle with cancer. She was 61. Ride was the first American woman to go into outer space, and the youngest at the time, at age 32. She was also a pioneer in STEM promotion, and a prolific author.

The question came up: If referring to a person as a word for a female body part in an insulting manner is sexist, then isn’t calling a man a “boob” sexist? (I may or may not have referred to some guy as a boob.) My first reaction was to simply say, “No, because a boob,…