I read this quote several times and have been trying to decide what I think about it.
I have come to treat the word person rather gingerly in recent years because it is so overused. I hear people talk of wanting to be treated “not as a woman but as a human being” or “as a person.” I hear words like chairperson and spokesperson, and even absurdities such as the “freshperson class” and “personhole covers.” There is something seriously distorted about this view of humanity. I don’t want anybody treating me as a “person” rather than a woman. Our sexual differences are the terms of our life, and to obscure them in any way is to weaken the very fabric of life itself. When they are lost, we are lost. Some women fondly imagine a new beginning of liberty, but it is in reality a new bondage, more bitter than anything they seek to be liberated from.
What do you think? I’d really love comments on this!