Monday, June 02, 2008

Oprah soaprah on a roprah.

I am a firm believer in equal rights. I was raised by a feminist or two and continue to believe that all people deserve the same opportunities as everyone else. But it still just annoys the hell out of me when people take things to the level of absurd.

I accidentally saw 30 seconds or so of Oprah today. Turned the TV on this afternoon and I had to get the other remote to change the channel (the VCR receives in HD). Had enough time to hear her use the made up word shero as the female version of hero. Now, I can get my mind around the desire to coin new words like chairperson or chairwoman, businesswoman, and I can even comprehend bastardizing history into herstory. At least it has an origin due to male dominated society. But hero just happens to have the two letters h & e at the beginning, despite that according to Wikipedia* it actually comes from Hera, a Greek goddess. The need to change every word that starts off or includes the letter combinations he or him, despite the origin of the word, is, well in my opinion, stupid. We get to a level of absurd, where men are heathens, women are sheathens. Where women don't heal from a wound, they sheal, and male Muslims cannot be Shiites, they would have to be Hiites. And I don't want to sleep in sheets, they're way to frilly. I want a really nice set of heets for my bed. King size, of course. But then again, Oprah is the queen of let's take it to the extreme of absurd. Ever since she showed disappointment when Tiger Woods father responded that he raised his son to be part of the human race, as opposed to either black or white, I have been aware of her narrow view on the world and her inability to see view points other than her own.

*Wikipedia : The literal meaning of the word is "protector", "defender" or "guardian"[citation needed] and etymologically it is thought to be cognate with the name of the goddess Hera, the guardian of marriage; the postulated original forms of these words being *ἥρFως, hērwōs, and *ἭρFα, Hērwā, respectively. It is also thought to be a cognate of the Latin verb servo (original meaning: to preserve whole) and of the Avestan verb haurvaiti (to keep vigil over), although the original Proto-Indoeuropean root is unclear.

6 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

Funny.
"Shero" strikes me as okay in the context of her show, kinda like we can tolerate "cute" spellings of words in advertizing: "family nite" or "Komedy Klub."
I'm not a big Oprah fan. She's okay.
And if she wants to give "shero" awards on her show, then okay. But if she's suggesting we change the word, then it is a bit silly. After all, we already have the word heroine to mean a female we admire.
And "shero" sounds a bit like a female warrior in a cartoon: "Shero the Amazon Princess, battling the forces of the Hiites."

Max said...

Hey, I like that. "Shero and the War of the Hiites". I think I'll start on the screenplay this summer....

A Paperback Writer said...

Just make sure that Shero is a sheathen or it won't be as much fun.

Max said...

I think that's the sequel : "Shero and the plight of the Sheathens." If I drop my summer classes, I might be able to get both screenplays done this summer.

A Paperback Writer said...

Yeah, right.
Uh, let's just keep that day job, okay?

Max said...

Hey, for the summer I don't have a day job......