Welcome to Elysium

Crikey readers talk Cory Bernardi, the "gold standard" of families and asylum seekers.

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  1. Catherine Scott

    Richard M: there is a significant difference between the situation where a noun is used as a modifier -‘woman writer’ and the usage ‘women’s writing’. In English a noun used the first way alerts the reader/hearer to either the second noun operating on the first – car mechanic, pet groomer, horse butcher – or that a non-standard indeed anomalous form of the second noun is being noted. Writer and woman writer. Soldier and robot soldier. We are not talking a writer who writes woman but an anomalous example of writer. Real writers and, well, woman writers. Real soldiers and robots.

    But When you think about it a horse engaged in butchery would be something else.

    But yeah we understand. It doesn’t matter to you so it doesn’t. I would have thought that men would have learned by now not to make public statements about women’s issues not being issues because they don’t apply to them.

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