Topic: "Sex or Gender?"
There are times when Frodo thinks he has heard everything. Then, all of a sudden, Frodo simply stops in his tracks, shuffles his feet, rotates his head from side-to-side, and wonders if anyone is even listening. Dear Reader, did you hear what that lunatic said today about the freedoms inherent in the still-being formulated Iraqi Constitution? It was stated that the Iraqi Constitution must guarantee equality for all citizens regardless of "sex, ethnicity, or gender."
No? Read it again. "Sex"(Probably referring either to men or women), "ethnicity"(Methinks we got that down pretty good), or "gender"(Does this have something to do with the nominative or the possessive?).
Every time Frodo picks up a newspaper he reads someone commenting on what the American Constitution "says," as opposed to what it "means." Frodo wonders if the authors of that document were also concerned about the difference between "sex" and "gender?" That is probably why the French susequently decided to zero in on "liberty," "equality," and "fraternity." The French apparently know that "sex" and "gender" are issues which mean more to the Christian Coalition than to those who risked their "sacred life, honour, and fortune" in pursuit of human rights.
For many years the SETI project has been beaming radio waves into the far reaches of the universe in search of intelligent life on other planets. Frodo believes that somewhere out there they have been getting our messages for a long, long time. They've probably been shuffling their feet, rotating their heads from side-to-side, and are very glad that we haven't made it out that far.