The Best of Notable Quotables; December 20, 1993

Vol. Six; No. 26

Award for the Silliest Analysis

“Add to this visual pop lexicon the newest hip eye-opener: cross-dressing. As if to punctuate the end of the socially stagnant Reagan era, a parade of drag images is now crossing screens big and small, mostly men bedecked in wigs, lipstick, and scarfs to hide their protruding Adam’s apples....Along with symbolizing self-empowerment, cross-dressers also can remind us that sex roles and costumes are fictional. Men wear pants because American society tells them to.”

–  Boston Globe writer Matthew Gilbert, March 21 “Focus” section story.


“Many GIs recognized homosexual leanings for the first time in the all-male surroundings.... There is, in fact, an undercurrent of homoerotic tension in the shared latrines, shower rooms, and sleeping quarters of barracks life....The military exalts masculinity in ways that are frankly or implicitly sexual. A form-fitting dress uniform can make a leatherneck look like a peacock.”

–  Newsweek Senior Writer David Gelman, July 26.

“For infant mortality, America couldn’t do much worse. Excluding white newborns, America ranks 70th in the world, roughly the same as Mongolia.”

– CBS health reporter Dr. Bob Arnot, April 13 Evening News.

“All I can tell you is that the football coach at the University of Wisconsin didn’t want her to leave – I don’t think she’s any lefty.”

Wall Street Journal Washington Bureau Chief Al Hunt defending HHS nominee Donna Shalala on CNN’s Capital Gang, December 12.