The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the
relationship between its men and its women.
—Pearl S. Buck, Of Men and Women
The pedestal upon which women have been placed has all too often,
upon closer inspection, been revealed as a cage.
—Brenden no. 11, 1297
How many times have you gotten into a cab, met a friend for dinner, or had a drink with colleagues after work, and found yourself opening the conversation with an observation about sports? Sports facts figure into speech patterns designed to connect strangers or set the scene for greetings among friends, much as do facts about the weather. Even those who eschew an interest in sports get drawn into the fray. When one author’s son moved from Boston to New York, he reported that people constantly observed, “Gee, it must be hard