From Merriam Webster’s TOP 10 LISTS, Top 10 User-Submitted Words, Vol. 3

#1: Retrosexual

Definition: a man who adopts a traditional masculine style in dress and manners ….

Example: “Think of him as the anti-metrosexual, the opposite of that guy who emerged in the 1990s in all his pedicured, moussed-up, skinny-jeans glory. That man-boy was searching for his inner girl, it was argued. The retrosexual, however, wants to put the man back into manhood.” -Lini S. Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr. 7, 2010….

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Note 2018-04-08: That makes the impression that to be retrosexual is a bad thing, because it appears that only men can be retrosexual (even though, logically, retrosexual is truly a gender-neutral term that should be prefaced with any of the 31, 69, or whatever number of politically-correct gender-specific pronouns).  Aren’t all things male bad? It makes one wonder what the complementary female term and its definition would be. It makes one wish that Merriam Webster would not be so openly sexist and instead state how we really are to think.

Perhaps some things are becoming too complicated even for flexible Merriam Webster’s.  How are we to function without firm direction on such gender-specific, vital issues?

Will the courts be forced to point the way, and can we trust them on this?

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