One of my professors collects old language grammars. He says that most of them were written for the British foreign service and are very condescending to the natives, if not racist, as least in the content of the exercises. One jewel, though. Explaining why a group of mostly females with only one or two males is always grammatically masculine, one grammar explained:
"The noble gender rules."
I love blunt, anti-PC stuff like that! Such wonderful shock value. Ever since I saw the TV version of Dune about two years ago, I've been caught wandering about muttering wistfully to myself, as Shadam IV about Irulan, "She only lacks the primacy of our gender." Or, as Henry Higgins says, "Why can't a woman be more like a man?"
Okay, I should stop. This is starting to remind me of my old Collegian piece about there being too many women at Hillsdale. And my mother sometimes reads this blog. LOL