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IS THE L. F. NEXUS “SEXIST”?

 

 

Copyright April 16, 2007 12:15 AM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

Updated April 20, 2007 12:59 PM CST

Copyright April 20, 2007 12:59 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

 

 

Is the L. F. Nexus sexist?  Well, first what does the word “sexist” mean?  The standard, American English dictionary states:

 

sex•ism \"sek-'si-zm\ noun [1sex + -ism (as in racism)] (1968)

1   : prejudice or discrimination based on sex; esp : discrimination against women

2   : behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex

sex•ist \"sek-sist\ adjective or noun

 

©1996 Zane Publishing, Inc. and Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.  All rights reserved.

 

From the above dictionary entry, we derive the following standard definition for the word “sexist”:

 

Relating to behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex.

 

Now, let us take a close look at this definition.  The key phrase in the definition is:

 

Stereotypes of social roles based on sex.

 

What is a stereotype?  The standard, American English dictionary states:

 

2stereotype noun [F stéréotype, fr. stéré- stere- + type] (1817)

1   : a plate cast from a printing surface

2   : something conforming to a fixed or general pattern; esp : a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment

ste•reo•typ•i•cal \'ster-È--"ti-pi-kl\ also ste•reo•typ•ic \-pik\ adjective

ste•reo•typ•i•cal•ly \-pi-k(-)lÈ\ adverb

 

©1996 Zane Publishing, Inc. and Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.  All rights reserved.

 

From the above dictionary entry, we extract the following standard definition for the word “stereotype”:

 

A standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment.

 

Now, we can explain the key phrase identified above:

 

Standardized mental pictures that are held in common by members of a group and that represent an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment of social roles based on sex.

 

The relevant part of this explanation is:

 

An oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment of social roles based on sex.

 

Now, we can answer our question.  Is the L. F. Nexus sexist?  The resounding answer is NO.  Why?

 

1.      The L. F. Nexus has no oversimplified opinions on anything, including social roles based on sex.  By the way, there are social roles based on sex.  The obvious examples are that only women can be mothers and only men can be fathers.

 

2.      The L. F. Nexus has no prejudiced attitudes toward anything, including social roles based on sex.  Our attitudes are based on principles found in the Bible, theology, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, and a thousand other sciences and studies.

 

3.      The L. F. Nexus has no uncritical judgments of anything, including social roles based on sex.  Our judgments are based on years of study of history, bibliology (“the study of the Bible”), theology, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, and a thousand other sciences and studies.

 

So, there you are.  We have “proven” that the L. F. Nexus is NOT sexist.  We note that the one or two people who charge us with sexism NEVER HAVE ANY INTELLECTUAL ARGUMENTS OR EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FOR THEIR CHARGES.  If we were not decent people and, in particular, good Christians, we would shout at the top of our voices “THEY ARE IDIOTS!” but we won’t do that (author is smiling).

 

 

 

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