Re: Watchhounds

Greg Laden (gladen@HUSC.HARVARD.EDU)
Thu, 8 Feb 1996 08:39:31 -0500

On Thu, 8 Feb 1996, Sheldon Klein wrote:

> In the terminology associated with fox-hunting (descriptive report,
> no value-judgments about blood sports intended), the generic term
> is 'hound'. 'dog' refers to male hounds, and 'bitch' is used for
> female hounds. Incorrect usage of the any of these three terms is
> one of the marks of an 'outsider' to those knowledgable about the
> activity.
> Accordingly, the comment that 'watchdog' is sexist,

This is important information!

In my own terminology, based on this new information, use of the term
"watchdog" is a way of disassociating me with the upper class British
establishment, and aligning with the repressed masses and the liberal
left. Indeed, this might even piss off William Saphire, yes? Good.
Screw him.

Greg Laden
Department of Anthropology
Harvard University
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge MA 02138