Just when you thought the internet was safe for feminists (ha, I know you didn't think that, unless it was wishful thinking), something like this comes up. (It was in response to this.) Emblematic of the whiny, pea-brained defensiveness found in many of the comments is this gem from "jereme":
gene did not try to push his bullshit ideology on you. he simply
constructed a statue of what he feels.
you on the other hand, have 14 assholes and a belly bulging with
why are you being uptight about this.
A lot of the commenters argue that "gender doesn't matter", just "good writing", that an editor is supposed to be "gender-blind". This line of (ahem) reasoning reminds me very much of conservative politicians who complain about "liberal activist judges", who say that a judge's job is to "call balls and strikes". (If you want to know why that's bullshit, ch-check out this great op-ed from a University of Chicago law professor.)
P.S. Thank you, Amy King.
P.P.S. from Daniela over at Pomo Expo: head/desk or htmlgiantfail (a cento)