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What sets men and women apart? Suggest a gender test!

The One Show Team | 12:49 UK time, Thursday, 20 August 2009

Following on from the discussion on tonight's show about the South African athlete who has been asked to take a gender test, we'd like to hear what you think, aside from the obvious, that sets men and women apart.

Can you suggest a test that would reveal a person's gender?

Maybe you'd test them by asking them to read a map, by checking whether they leave the toilet seat up or by watching the way they iron a shirt... we'd like to hear your suggestions!

PLEASE REMEMBER -  Keep your answers fun, creative and family friendly.

Please add your genuine first name and location to your comment - they may be mentioned on the programme.

 

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  • 1. At 7:02pm on 20 Aug 2009, cynicaljim wrote:

    If the person in question can reverse a car first time without parking aids, most certainly a man and not a woman.

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  • 2. At 7:02pm on 20 Aug 2009, jon1000jon wrote:

    Simple tast that will sort this mess out, and it will be faster and cheaper.

    Ask her to park a car, If she is still parking it after the test results are not back then the test was a waste of time, She must be a woman.

    John, Wigan.

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  • 3. At 7:03pm on 20 Aug 2009, Alan wrote:

    To see what gender they are, watch to see whether the leave the toilet seat up or whether it's left down :)

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  • 4. At 7:03pm on 20 Aug 2009, nanook wrote:

    If (s)he think she can multi-task, it's a woman. If (s)he only does one thing at a time but does it right, it's a man.

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  • 5. At 7:03pm on 20 Aug 2009, duckspotter wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 6. At 7:03pm on 20 Aug 2009, postycat2 wrote:

    Go into the toilet after she has been in... if the seat is up its a man , if its down then a woman !

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  • 7. At 7:03pm on 20 Aug 2009, Jonny5ok wrote:

    Does she know what the offside rule is? If yes, she just might be a man!

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  • 8. At 7:04pm on 20 Aug 2009, Kanksha wrote:

    Its easy to tell men from women - men take off their jumpers by grabbing the back of the neck and tugging it over their head, while women cross their arms, grab it from the bottom and peel it off.

    from Liz, Bristol.

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  • 9. At 7:04pm on 20 Aug 2009, postycat2 wrote:

    Get her to assemble some flat pack furniture... if she reads the instructions its a woman, if she doesnt, its a man !

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  • 10. At 7:04pm on 20 Aug 2009, princessmummyamazing wrote:

    If s/he walk into the room gazing vacantly, spins round once and says "I can't find it" then it is definitely a man!
    Emma, Gloucestershire

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  • 11. At 7:05pm on 20 Aug 2009, Steve Clark wrote:

    Ask her to give directions from a map.
    If its impossible then shes female

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  • 12. At 7:05pm on 20 Aug 2009, Elgyfu wrote:

    Easy - hand her a flat-pack bookcase to assemble.

    If she reads the instructions first - woman.

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  • 13. At 7:05pm on 20 Aug 2009, amadgit wrote:

    can she walk past a shoe shop with out looking in the window
    kevin, high wycombe

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  • 14. At 7:05pm on 20 Aug 2009, Clairesouter wrote:

    If the woman opens a drawer and can't find the thing she was looking for, when it's right in front of her, then SHE is definitely a HE!

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  • 15. At 7:05pm on 20 Aug 2009, Kenthance wrote:

    This is easy...ask the person to take off their favourite jumper. If they cross their arms and turn the whole thing inside out while raising it above their head ... they are a woman. If they drag the whole thing over their head by grabbing the back of the collare so that their hair sticks up with static .. they are male. Females also never ever turn the jumper the right way oout afterwards.. especially if it is their partners.

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  • 16. At 7:05pm on 20 Aug 2009, ianfra5er wrote:

    Does she leave the tooilet seat up after going for a pee!

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  • 17. At 7:05pm on 20 Aug 2009, StuartCooper123 wrote:

    Ask her what the offside rule is. If she can explain in under 2 mins (And correctly!) then she must be a man.

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  • 18. At 7:05pm on 20 Aug 2009, congenialGary wrote:

    Simple really: How many pairs of shoes do they own?

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  • 19. At 7:06pm on 20 Aug 2009, AlbyBogarde wrote:

    Measure the size of her feet. Evreyone knows that a woman has small feet to get closer to the sink.

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  • 20. At 7:06pm on 20 Aug 2009, Babychester118 wrote:

    Ask her if she gets 'a cold' or 'Life threatening flu' If it's the latter -MAN!

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  • 21. At 7:06pm on 20 Aug 2009, toniemma1980 wrote:

    Can she multi task?? If not, she is definately a man!!!

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  • 22. At 7:06pm on 20 Aug 2009, JamesRY wrote:

    Ask the subject to prepare a pot noodle. If there is a powdery residue at the bottom, you have a woman.

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  • 23. At 7:06pm on 20 Aug 2009, javasys wrote:

    A simple chromosome will categorically prove what sex they are!
    Simple, quick, cheap, and undisputable.

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  • 24. At 7:07pm on 20 Aug 2009, kellad98 wrote:

    Why dont you try the hand and feet size as men always havee bigger feet and hands

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  • 25. At 7:07pm on 20 Aug 2009, Devils-chocolat-wish wrote:

    Get her to go on a 10 minute car journey with 3 other people it's a guaranteed women if she has to make conversation on things like the weather or someone's number plate. A man would just sit there silently.

    Adam, Bicester.

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  • 26. At 7:07pm on 20 Aug 2009, lewisjordan21 wrote:

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  • 27. At 7:07pm on 20 Aug 2009, andyj23uk wrote:

    pelvic X-ray - foresnsic patholoigists can tell if a skeleton is male or female just from pelvic bone shape - so why cant a doctor tell from an X-ray ?

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  • 28. At 7:07pm on 20 Aug 2009, oneshowidiocy wrote:

    This feature is incredibly offensive. You are treating a serious issue where an athlete has been publically humiliated as a result of our obsession with appearances, and a widespread narrow view of the concept of gender, as a fluffy non-serious story, and then inviting people to submit gender stereotypes as part of something 'fun' and 'family friendly'. Whoever made this editorial decision should be deeply ashamed and issue an apology before the ofcom complaints come rolling in.

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  • 29. At 7:07pm on 20 Aug 2009, Madcapal wrote:

    The clothing test - my wife has a wardrobe full of nothing to wear !

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  • 30. At 7:07pm on 20 Aug 2009, lilmickeyk wrote:

    Ask her to choose her 3 favourite pairs of shoes.....if she only chooses 2 pairs 1 being her running shoes shes clearly hiding more than a the 3rd pair of shoes (",)

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  • 31. At 7:08pm on 20 Aug 2009, lTaylorH wrote:

    If she empties the caravan toilet...she is DEFINITELY a man!

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  • 32. At 7:08pm on 20 Aug 2009, Peehen wrote:

    Boring maybe but a good test of gender is that a woman can bend her arm back at the elbow wheras the male can't. So forget the adams apple correction ask them to bend their arm back!!

    Try it on the show for us all Gloria!!!

    Phil

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  • 33. At 7:08pm on 20 Aug 2009, sanjuanproperties wrote:

    Simple, if the toilet seat is always left in the raised position, she/he is definitely a man.

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  • 34. At 7:08pm on 20 Aug 2009, purringblossom wrote:

    After eating a bar of chocolate, ask her if she feels guilty.

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  • 35. At 7:08pm on 20 Aug 2009, garyburnsffc wrote:

    Get him/her to try and explain the offside rule ;)

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  • 36. At 7:08pm on 20 Aug 2009, lilmickeyk wrote:

    Ask her to choose her 3 favourite pairs of shoes.....if she only chooses 2 pairs 1 being her running shoes shes clearly hiding more than a 3rd pair of shoes (",)

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  • 37. At 7:08pm on 20 Aug 2009, Kevin wrote:

    You're on very dodgy ground making light of doubtful gender. It's not well known but there is in fact a whole range of gender from male to female. Fortunately for the vast majority we fall into the "clearly male" or "clearly female" category but there are thousands born each year for whom life is not so clear cut.

    So, BBC, please have a little care when having presentrers refer to the "obvious" ways of telling people apart and making a tabloid humour joke of it. It's not always so straightforward.

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  • 38. At 7:08pm on 20 Aug 2009, Andy6612 wrote:

    When shopping, if they buy an item without trying it on they are a man, if with a partner they offer the advice of "it looks nice, but do you really need it", then they are female.

    Andy
    Shop owner

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  • 39. At 7:09pm on 20 Aug 2009, duckspotter wrote:

    They could ask the person to load a dishwasher with a set amount of items, if they can fit them all in then it's a woman.

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  • 40. At 7:09pm on 20 Aug 2009, Devils-chocolat-wish wrote:

    Ask her where the corn flour is in the shop, if she can give precise instruction of the isle and exact position then it's a woman

    Adam, Bicester

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  • 41. At 7:09pm on 20 Aug 2009, splendidDecentChap wrote:

    This young athlete must be going through hell. The global embarrassment she's suffering must be torture and the best the One Show can do is ridicule her. How inventive. Grow up. I thought that even the One Show had more class than to stoop so low.

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  • 42. At 7:09pm on 20 Aug 2009, jomacot wrote:

    Parallel parking will sort it out or ask what car a friend has got, if the answer is red or blue etc rather than he make then she is a woman.

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  • 43. At 7:09pm on 20 Aug 2009, perfectdigsy1 wrote:

    If she were a woman she would have gone crazy and moaned more about the media attention...but being the man she/he is just took it on the chin...lol...

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  • 44. At 7:09pm on 20 Aug 2009, sporter241 wrote:

    Sue, Hunts cross, Liverpool

    Give them a baby to change and dinner to make and you will soon find out if they are male or female, men can only do one job at a time ha ha

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  • 45. At 7:10pm on 20 Aug 2009, nastybethan wrote:

    I am appalled at this insensitve attitude to what must be a terribly huniliating and public insult to Caster Semenya. A woman who has worked so very hard to achieve an incredible result which should be cause for great relief, celebration and validation for all her years of sacrifice, hard work and effort.
    How smug you must feel with such light hearted, mocking and insensitive fun! You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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  • 46. At 7:10pm on 20 Aug 2009, Jaypam wrote:

    Put an item at the back of the cupboard and ask them yo find it.Men seem not to have learned proper search techniques!

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  • 47. At 7:10pm on 20 Aug 2009, 30013man wrote:

    pull there trowers and pants down
    Thats the easy way

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  • 48. At 7:10pm on 20 Aug 2009, Coranne Denham wrote:

    Cannot believe you are so sexist!!!! Outraged!!!

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  • 49. At 7:11pm on 20 Aug 2009, Seboix wrote:

    the toilet seat test is a good one, multitasking is another

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  • 50. At 7:11pm on 20 Aug 2009, Devils-chocolat-wish wrote:

    Give her a pair of jeans and say try them on is she can resist the urge to say "does my bum look big in this" then its a man.

    Adam, Bicester

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  • 51. At 7:11pm on 20 Aug 2009, janretlaw wrote:

    You may not realise that there some people who are unfortunate enough to have indeterminate gender - people known as intersex. They will be very offended by your flippant remarks about this subject.

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  • 52. At 7:11pm on 20 Aug 2009, Seboix wrote:

    Adams apple test

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  • 53. At 7:12pm on 20 Aug 2009, andy_E17 wrote:

    Whilst I think this could be a funny and harmless comment/forum, I think the context is totally insensitive. This poor young person is having their very being questioned infront of the whole world. We can't imagine what that might be like. The One Show could have used this to do a serious item on what must be very traumatic for the person in question. Setting this frivolous question was a very bad call.

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  • 54. At 7:12pm on 20 Aug 2009, lindaboot1957 wrote:

    If the person has an adams apple then its a male Linda Boot of wellingborough

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  • 55. At 7:12pm on 20 Aug 2009, andy7198 wrote:

    An obvious test is to give her a map as she runs and if she turns it as she rounds the corners, hey presto, a true woman.

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  • 56. At 7:12pm on 20 Aug 2009, wolfmandantona wrote:

    From Dan Murphy...New Eltham, London

    An easy test is the following...

    Invite them to your BBQ...if they bring a six pack and extra coal, its a man. If they bring a strawberry cheesecake and 'Thankyou' card,its a woman...

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  • 57. At 7:13pm on 20 Aug 2009, jovialangela wrote:

    If the person in question can watch a progamm and not flick channels during adverts then they must be a woman.

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  • 58. At 7:13pm on 20 Aug 2009, duckspotter wrote:

    What about asking them to read a map, if they start rotating the map to find where they are... it's a woman!

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  • 59. At 7:13pm on 20 Aug 2009, kelvindixon wrote:

    Ask her if she would like to see a football mtch followed by a trip to the pub and then a curry at midnight.........if she agrees, she is a man!!

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  • 60. At 7:14pm on 20 Aug 2009, deanonthegogo wrote:

    ask them to pee, if she stands up.. boy, if she sits down.. girl.

    deano

    london

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  • 61. At 7:14pm on 20 Aug 2009, MikeBossingham wrote:

    Give her a map. Drive north to south and see if she has to turn the map upside down to cope. If so she is a woman

    Mike - Market Deeping

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  • 62. At 7:14pm on 20 Aug 2009, powerDigory wrote:

    Hi All

    My suggestion is to ask the athlete if they drove themselves to the venue, if they did it must be male as women have no sense of direction! A woman is also like a wheelbarrow – hard to push and easy to upset!

    From

    Digory

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  • 63. At 7:14pm on 20 Aug 2009, mysteriousSqueaky wrote:

    I am very disappointed that this athlete's problem is being used as entertainment value. How devastated must this person be feeling right now? We should be exercising compassion.

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  • 64. At 7:14pm on 20 Aug 2009, kelvindixon wrote:

    Ask her if she would like to see a football mtch followed by a trip to the pub and then a curry at midnight.........if she agrees, she is a man!!

    Kelvin in Castleton

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  • 65. At 7:14pm on 20 Aug 2009, grahamree wrote:

    I am thoroughly disgusted with the BBC and the One Show for making fun out of this subject. I feel it just shows how low our media will stoop to to make ''headlines''.

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  • 66. At 7:15pm on 20 Aug 2009, neointerest wrote:

    This subject should not be treated as a joke. Gender is more complex than ones external genitalia and sufferers need understanding not ridicule

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  • 67. At 7:15pm on 20 Aug 2009, astrologyfan wrote:

    check the remote - if she keeps hold of it then she must be a male!!!

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  • 68. At 7:15pm on 20 Aug 2009, colourfulpumpkinella wrote:

    I agree with andy. Having worked in Pediatrics for the past 20 years, gender is a social construct, whilst sex is a term that is not clear cut. This might be totally harmless to you but people who suffer from not having a predefined sex and gender live with questioning their being their entire lives. About 0.1% of the kids we have in the ward have no defined gender which means the parents have to choose for them.

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  • 69. At 7:15pm on 20 Aug 2009, Oneshowdisgrace wrote:

    Here here to comment No. 28 by Oneshowidiocy..... I used to like this show but have to say this one item alone will make me switch to another channel! Shame on you BBC, this has taken it ONE "SHOW" STEP TOO FAR!

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  • 70. At 7:15pm on 20 Aug 2009, mwicky wrote:

    give the person a new appliance or a flat-pack. if they think they don't need the instruction book, they *must* be male.

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  • 71. At 7:15pm on 20 Aug 2009, peakdistrictray wrote:

    Place a football on the way back from the pub and if she walks past it without kicking she's obviously a woman.
    OR
    Hand her the tv remote control and if she wont give it back she is clearly a man!

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  • 72. At 7:16pm on 20 Aug 2009, tarka58 wrote:

    Tell either him or her that their bum looks big and wait for their
    reaction

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  • 73. At 7:16pm on 20 Aug 2009, Hyopocon wrote:

    Pour a Quality cup of coffee into your best bone china and pass it to the young lady. Make careful note of the antics of her little finger as she raises the delicate cup to her luscious lips.

    This is completely water-tight. A man cannot open up and curl his manual extremities with anything like the dextrous flexibility of a woman: the little finger will curl up and protrude with an alacrity which betrays femininity every time!

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  • 74. At 7:17pm on 20 Aug 2009, x_kimlewtas_x wrote:

    Either ask her to ask for directions, if she refuses and still claims she knows where she is going then she is a man.
    Ask her about shoes, if she shows even slight interest, she is a woman

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  • 75. At 7:17pm on 20 Aug 2009, jpbg16177 wrote:

    He was miles ahead of the women.

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  • 76. At 7:18pm on 20 Aug 2009, secretSandra01 wrote:

    Just a couple of things...
    1. Ultra Sound Scan - if there are ovaries then BINGO
    2. Count how many ribs there are
    3. Surely a doctor can tell what a woman's genitals look like without having to perform a test?

    It's not rocket science and you dont even need a toilet seat and a car!! LOL

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  • 77. At 7:18pm on 20 Aug 2009, Intelligentali wrote:

    Take her to the shops and if she wants to buy matching shoes and handbag she's definitely a woman! Also note her arms as they are by her side as she walks. If they allow room between her body and her arms for her hips she's a female as there are differences between men and women on this. Women's arms are jointed differently to men's from the elbow down.

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  • 78. At 7:18pm on 20 Aug 2009, auzzie1 wrote:

    Get a 'Male' to ask her a SIMPLE question. If she changes the subject and then blames the 'male'... SHE'S 100% FEMALE!!!!

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  • 79. At 7:18pm on 20 Aug 2009, KenatKDB wrote:

    There is only one clear, quick, definitive test of gender - are its cells XX or XY?? Please don';t take this subject lightly

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  • 80. At 7:20pm on 20 Aug 2009, HappyathomeMum wrote:

    Get them lost and see if they ask for directions!! this is apparently totally impossible for a man to do!!

    Hannah, Suffolk

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  • 81. At 7:20pm on 20 Aug 2009, cynt09 wrote:

    Ask her what she would prefer in her bag. A razor or a Tampax!!!!!

    Cynthia, Falmouth

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  • 82. At 7:21pm on 20 Aug 2009, honestdeggsy wrote:

    I think this topic is in extremely bad taste. All at the expense of an innocent individual who may or may not be certain of their own genda. The human body, genes ect. is a complex organism and Caster Semenya herself might be very embarrassed by the whole saga. Is this politically correct and fair?

    Shame on you BBC again!!!!

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  • 83. At 7:21pm on 20 Aug 2009, donnadee88 wrote:

    things that might set a man apart from a woman, you can usually tell that its the woman who wraps the christmas presents and not the man.

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  • 84. At 7:22pm on 20 Aug 2009, deanonthegogo wrote:

    ask her x-boyfrend...


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  • 85. At 7:22pm on 20 Aug 2009, honestdeggsy wrote:

    Too many presumptious comments here...horrible!!

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  • 86. At 7:22pm on 20 Aug 2009, artisticx-amelia96-x wrote:

    I have looked up things that can be done and a sample of the person's wee can be tested somehow.

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  • 87. At 7:23pm on 20 Aug 2009, Kevin wrote:

    @79 - I'm afraid you're wrong. SRY translocation to X can give an XX male. Also, SRY deletion from Y can give XY female. To name but two alternatives.

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  • 88. At 7:24pm on 20 Aug 2009, lolsdad wrote:

    get her to sit in a room with her partner and if she asks "what are you thinking?" then without a doubt she is a woman , or get her to go to the pub with a mate and if , over a pint she starts to tell her mate her emotional problems , she is a woman , if she talks about football , easy ...she is a man, P.S. The posters who are castigating the show and the respondents over this need to look up Humour , it is in the dictionary between Harmless and Inconsequential

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  • 89. At 7:25pm on 20 Aug 2009, berylmonkey wrote:

    ask the person to take an arm out of a jumper.
    women take out one arm
    men take the whole thing off

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  • 90. At 7:25pm on 20 Aug 2009, Nuala_B wrote:

    I was really surprised to see Gethin Jones snigger like a puerile schoolboy when discussing the gender issue surrounding the South African athlete. It's a serious issue and to reduce it to the level of prurient, tabloid comments is way beneath the BBC. Unless The One Show was going to frame this story within the context of a wider, more informed piece about gender in terms of medical/biological and social notions of gender, then I really can't think why it would even mention it.

    To hop on a bandwagon in a way that is more reminiscent of the gutter press is not what the licence fee should be used for.

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  • 91. At 7:25pm on 20 Aug 2009, wolfmandantona wrote:

    From Dan again in New Eltham to the PC brigade..

    Calm down for goodness sake you pompous do-gooders..no doubt you are the same people who will complain about absol anything just so u make a noise. There's no harm in a little humour, so deal with it..

    you have inadvertantly given a good example yourselves..ie., If you complain about this article on The One Show, you are most likely a woman, or a confused man...

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  • 92. At 7:25pm on 20 Aug 2009, suzie36 wrote:

    Hi

    I am dissappointed that the 'One Show' is joining on the media hype bandwagon regarding the outrageous and insensitive publication of the IAAF request for Caster to take a gender test. Surely She is entitled to her privacy and if such a test has to be undertaken it should not have been publicised prior to the race being run or the test being performed. Although the IAAF stated that the test would be undertaken with sensitivity and care, to publicise the facts unilaterally would suggest differently. The attempt of the One Show to publically trivialise this matter is in poor taste at best and may be against her human rights to dignity and privacy. A poor show.......!

    Suzanne

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  • 93. At 7:26pm on 20 Aug 2009, colourfulpumpkinella wrote:

    I'm still really appalled that this is being used as a form of amusement. Gender and sex aren't clear cut.

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  • 94. At 7:26pm on 20 Aug 2009, frostytoxicpizza wrote:

    Check to see whether they have a penis or a vagina.

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  • 95. At 7:26pm on 20 Aug 2009, Kelshfamily wrote:

    We watch the one show every evening as a family and enjoy it.
    We are so...... disappointed tonight to see how badly behaved the presentors are behaving!!!!!!

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  • 96. At 7:26pm on 20 Aug 2009, Kevin wrote:

    @91. Bigot.

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  • 97. At 7:26pm on 20 Aug 2009, Devils-chocolat-wish wrote:

    AW i didn't get mentioned :P

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  • 98. At 7:27pm on 20 Aug 2009, blue-eyedgaribaldi wrote:

    try a shopping test most men go A B C as far as shops are concerned whilst women are more likely to go A Z X Z A B A Z

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  • 99. At 7:27pm on 20 Aug 2009, megaDavidjones wrote:

    So, as everything is in the public eye
    here's a test for you to try:-
    Vindaloo or goats'cheese and rocket?
    Mulberry handbag,or jacket?
    mascara or pint of Stella?
    Nike trainers or killer heels?
    New Look or Emirates Stadium?
    Ice-cool or tantrums?
    complex urge to kill father and marry mother?
    Mercedes or Beetle and dashboard daisy?

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  • 100. At 7:28pm on 20 Aug 2009, Devils-chocolat-wish wrote:

    Woot 100th

    Im soo childish

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  • 101. At 7:28pm on 20 Aug 2009, amberdays wrote:

    Tasteless. Completely tastless. So was the sniggering.

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  • 102. At 7:28pm on 20 Aug 2009, andy_E17 wrote:

    Wolf, I agree that there is no harm in any humour and in another context this could be quite funny. But just imagine if that young person was one of your relatives. Is this how you'd like it aired all over the world and commented on in these silly terms?

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  • 103. At 7:28pm on 20 Aug 2009, wolfmandantona wrote:

    @96....if i were a woman, I'd be bothered, as a man, I couldnt give 2 hoots..

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  • 104. At 7:28pm on 20 Aug 2009, artisticx-amelia96-x wrote:

    I have heard that people can test a person's urine to determine gender.

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  • 105. At 7:29pm on 20 Aug 2009, Kelshfamily wrote:

    This eighteen year old girl born in South Africa has no control over her gender and we are being patheitic in commenting about her gender .....surely we should be more mature in our attitude. We belive that Adrian Childs and Christine Blakely would never have dealt with this subject in this way!
    The Kelsh Family

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  • 106. At 7:29pm on 20 Aug 2009, Devils-chocolat-wish wrote:

    I know he should make a national apology, I'm fine with them asking for gender test's it's a bit of fun but the sniggering, he's so childish he should be made to say sorry.

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  • 107. At 7:30pm on 20 Aug 2009, oneshowidiocy wrote:

    @91 - Your comment speaks volumes about the kind of person you are.

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  • 108. At 7:31pm on 20 Aug 2009, wolfmandantona wrote:

    Andy, there is no hrm from me at all to this young woman, but if it were one of my relatives, Im sure the determination of their gender would have been finalised and recognised long before they won gold medal at an international athletics event..

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  • 109. At 7:33pm on 20 Aug 2009, wolfmandantona wrote:

    @107..shouldnt your psuedonym be 'oneshowidiot' ??

    You dont know, so dont comment....i could comment on what kind of person you are...but would run out of superlatives rather quickly..

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  • 110. At 7:35pm on 20 Aug 2009, powerleehughes wrote:

    I think it is totally disgusting how this young person is being treated, the One Show should be ashamed of themselves for making a mockery of the situation. The tests haven't even been done and yet she is already being slated on TV and in the news. Get the facts right before you do any more damage to an already vunerable young person. This issue should have been dealt with privately in the first place, not made a media event. I wonder if an apology will ever be given to her should the test results be in her favour?

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  • 111. At 7:36pm on 20 Aug 2009, lojoano wrote:

    Shame on you One Show! Isn't it insensitive enough that this athlete has received publicity regarding her/his gender - prior to any proof having been made? If this person confirms as female, she will have received humiliating press for no reason other than sensationalism. Your lead-in to 'what sets men and women apart'has added to this. How would we have felt had this been a GB athlete? Leave the publicity until truth is known (as should have happened by the IAAF).

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  • 112. At 7:42pm on 20 Aug 2009, suzie36 wrote:

    Oh Wolfy!... soo obviously a boy...thoughtless, insensitive, and very little knowledge about the subject. He thinks enough to comment about it though and decry anyone with a sense of moral outrage . . .walk a mile in someone else's shoes for a change, or maybe run!!! Ha!

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  • 113. At 7:47pm on 20 Aug 2009, wolfmandantona wrote:

    Oh Suzie...im very thoughtful and sensitive, when i thinks its appropriate..and have in fact walked 5 miles in someone else shoe (stillettos) to raise money for breast cancer....so i cant be all that bad...just have a sense of humour..theres humour everywhere if only people would look for it

    Right im off...Eastenders is on and im making dinner for my lovely young lady :o)

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  • 114. At 7:52pm on 20 Aug 2009, Kelshfamily wrote:

    We feel quite let down by the presenters who should know better discussing a gender issue with no respect for the person concered. My children 10 and 12 were disgusted at the presenters comments and jokes and how the one show should know better. What sort of world are we in!

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  • 115. At 8:14pm on 20 Aug 2009, dlbcusa wrote:

    We are always told that a dna test reveals male or female, so regardless of all the other obvious test, that should show a definite answer. Of course, if that fails, you could always do a remote control test!

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  • 116. At 8:32pm on 20 Aug 2009, Secondradiofan wrote:

    I find your infantile treatment of this subject totally unacceptable. It is a serious and worrying problem for the athlete and its treatment is typical of the lowering of standards that we keep seeing in the BBC.

    Wyn Ellis
    Shrewsbury

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  • 117. At 9:03pm on 20 Aug 2009, DEEPLYOFFENDED wrote:

    I am absolutely disgusted with how you have made fun of the gender issue. The idea that viewers should contact you to give ideas on possible gender tests is an insult to the thousands of gender disphoric people and their families living in the UK. Perhaps you should have got one of your researchers to actually find out what this condition is before you proceeded with your approach to the subject. Well looks like you didn’t so here is something for you to think about ............

    There are thousands of people born in the UK ho have gender disphoria. They grow up sad and lonely not understanding why they feel different to their same sex peers. When they are brave enough to accept that they have been born into the wrong physical body and decide to live their lives as they feel on the inside, they are ridiculed and shunned by both society and in some cases their own families (some Muslim countries even murder them) . A high percentage of these people don’t actually realise their ambition of making their body match their identity as they can’t cope with the pain and suffering and ultimately commit suicide. THEY NO MORE CHOOSE THIS WAY OF LIFE than you or I choose to be born with brown hair or blue eyes.

    For your information, the medical profession is mixed on the reasons for gender disphoria with one theory beings that it is a mental illness whilst the other theory is that something goes wrong with the balance of hormones in the womb during pregnancy, causing the brain to develop as one sex, whilst the body another (this is supported by children born as hermaphrodites). These people should not be ridiculed as life is hard enough (imagine feeling frightened to step out of your front door because people will laugh at you). GIVEN THIS would you as a respected news organisation have a laugh and run a quiz about how to spot a down syndrome sufferer or maybe someone born with bells palsy or lets pick multiple sclerosis or why not consider the mental illness avenue say schizophrenia ?

    I think not because that would be discrimination and not newsworthy, so if you are happy to appeal to your less intelligent and ignorant viewers (and please look up the meaning of the word ignorant because it means more than just being rude) then go ahead.

    I speak from experience as my child is gender disphoric and I am offended by your attitude.

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  • 118. At 9:13pm on 20 Aug 2009, adrianchilesno1fan wrote:

    I don't have much to add to the comments of those that were offended, only to say I wholeheartedly agree that it was both insensitive and offensive and that I was so disgusted with the show's treatment of this issue that I felt compelled to sign up to the blog just so I could comment.

    Have the bbc completely forgotten how terrible this must be for the athlete in question? It made for unbelievable watching.

    Usually I love the show. This wouldn't have happened on Adrian's watch!

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  • 119. At 10:30pm on 20 Aug 2009, geordieangel2 wrote:

    How humiliating to have your gender, made fun of, and ridiculed in public, just imagine how any of us would feel in similar circumstances,I my self would just want to curl up and die, but if it turns out that a man is impersonating a female in order to excel in women's athletics, he deserves everything he gets.

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  • 120. At 10:32pm on 20 Aug 2009, jyellow42 wrote:

    I fail to see how such a serious subject can be treated so flippantly by people who I have respected over the years. It is quite possible that someone will commit suicide in the next few days becaause they have gender issues which they cannot discuss with anyone else for fear of ridicule or even assault by people who ought to know better.
    You really ought to be ashamed of yourselves and it might be nice to hear an apology from you. I had gender issues which I hid from my family for many years because I might suffer at the hands of ignorant people such as yourselves. Gender issues are simply not a laughing matter, they are a source of pain and misery for many people in the UK and other countries. J

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  • 121. At 10:55pm on 20 Aug 2009, geordieangel2 wrote:

    jyellow42 post 120, I totally agree, and I wish you the best of luck in your future.

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  • 122. At 11:37pm on 20 Aug 2009, DEEPLYOFFENDED wrote:

    This comment is for you Mr The One Show Editor or is it Ms !

    There is nothing that does not have something perfect in it; and it is the happiness of good taste to be able to find this perfection in all things. But there is a natural malignity that often discovers a vice in the midst of several virtues, in order to reveal and proclaim the discovery to all the world - a quality that is more the mark of a naturally evil temperament than a superior sense of discrimination. And it is truly an evil lot, to pass one's life always feeding off the imperfections of others.

    Quote Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)
    Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

    Seems like you underestimated your viewers , once the serious real life stories came through it wasn't so funny was it. You have an obligation in your professional capacity to be the moral conscience . Lets see an apology tommorow

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  • 123. At 11:47pm on 20 Aug 2009, RidiculedYetAgain wrote:

    I am an attractive, sensible young transsexual woman who recently graduated from University with a 2:1 degree. But you will not see people like me on television, especially the BBC other than in the context of 'entertainment', or in other words, for everyone to laugh at us. Or sometimes to pity us in documentaries. In fact, the only show I see gender variant people featured heavily is Little Britain, which wouldn't be so bad if that wasn't the only place. I pay my license fee BBC, so tell me, just why exactly am I not seeing people like me presenting the news? I will come and do it if you require suitable applicants. Why have I never seen a person such as myself on Eastenders? We do exist you know - and you have a duty to represent me, us.

    Let me educate you Gloria Hunniford and your team of scriptwriters - Gender is someone's identity and who they are. I am a transsexual female who has ye to undergo surgery so therefore my gender is female yet my physical sex remains male, for now. I am NOT a man. If this sports woman identifies as female and wants to be considered female then her GENDER is female, whether she is transsexual or intersex. If the person in question is a man lying to achieve better results in the Olympics that is something that should rightly be investigated. I think that you would be better off researching your poxy segments so that you can correctly title them. There is a test for gender - you simply ask the person what their gender is. I think that what you are referring to is a person’s physical sex.

    As regards the objectionable and, quite frankly, boring old cries of 'the pc brigade have gone made again - calm down' well I hope that whoever makes these comments comes to know first hand about gender issues by someone in their immediate family changing gender. It would not be appropriate to sit here and ask about a 'racial test' or a 'religious test' and nor is it acceptable to joke about this. I wouldn't expect to see BBC presenters asking people to call in with their thoughts on whether someone was gay, or mixed race or a Catholic and urging people to repeat clichéd verbal diarrhoea on how 'she must be black because she is good at sport'.

    One of the worst things about being transgender is people thinking that they have the right to discuss one's genitals and identity. It happened to me recently and had me in floods of tears and the BBC is encouraging this on a national level and reinforcing the idea that the 'is it a man or a woman' discussion is an acceptable one to have in public about another person. I would have expected better from you, BBC.


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  • 124. At 09:03am on 21 Aug 2009, bigscrimshanker wrote:

    Gender test, look in the dishwasher, a man will fill it from the back to front. A woman just pulls out the trays just far enough to put in whatever she has in her hands at the time.

    Having just watched Gethin runing, perhaps he should take a gender test. Just joking Gethin.

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  • 125. At 2:02pm on 21 Aug 2009, mixbeeblog wrote:

    When you're waiting at a checkout behind a person who put's each item on the conveyor one by one, bagged them in the same
    fashion and then seems surprised one is expected to pay, so roots about frantically for the means so to do. Yep. The person's female.

    Kind regards

    Mick Conlin

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  • 126. At 2:05pm on 21 Aug 2009, mixbeeblog wrote:

    Mick Conlin here. Forgot to add: South Yorkshire.
    Sorry!!

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  • 127. At 2:29pm on 21 Aug 2009, oneshowidiocy wrote:

    Although still disappointed and offended by the feature last night, I am heartened to see the number of commenters on here and the 'what did you think about the show?' thread calling out the unnacceptable treatment of the issue last night. I do hope these commenters will go to the BBC complaints form here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/process/television?id=M166D0U1RR3ICVPN4KJ7FRMEH2 and submit their thought so the programme makers can see how wrong they got this one and issue an apology.

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  • 128. At 3:52pm on 21 Aug 2009, greyJumbug wrote:

    All that should have been sorted before she started the sport in first place.

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  • 129. At 7:48pm on 21 Aug 2009, ecumaniac wrote:

    Comments re the insensitivity of this thread to those with gender dysmorphia may have some weight. However if someone in that state wants to enter a world championship in a sport where sex/gender is a qualifying condition then they should expect challenge. Caster, with those looks, should have known what to expect.

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  • 130. At 1:20pm on 22 Aug 2009, Mickyelvino wrote:

    Slap it round the face with a wet kipper. If it licks its lips, it's a man. If it cries, it's a woman. Simples.

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  • 131. At 2:55pm on 22 Aug 2009, rebelyell1861 wrote:

    This has all started over sour grapes. If the good lady hadn't won there wouldn't have been a word about her looks but because some one couldn't believe the margin she won by there were questions. When Mr Bolt took the gold in the last Olympics and won by such a margin and broke the world records in two events, by the attitude of the scrutineers in Berlin, he should have been tested to see if he was human but was treated in the way that record breakers and champions should be treated, with awe and wonderment at their achievement.

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  • 132. At 2:29pm on 23 Aug 2009, callyfragilistic wrote:

    If the person walking in front of you in the High Street suddenly decides to shift into a backward diagonally random trajectory whilst wondering was it 100g or 1/4 oz of sultanas or 1/2 oz or 200g of raisins that went into Marjorie's Christmas pudding last year or was it Beryl's the year before? whilst drifting into sweet reverie . .Ah mmm Christmas . . Aagh! Christmas!! What to get for the twins this year now they've reached that awkward age? What is PC these days apart from pure codswallop? How do you avoid stereotyping while allowing an element of independence and self-expression? Four year olds eh? Tut! Now they've got me at it. And isn't Rossetti gorgeous? I'd be the first to jump into his bath if he would iron out me wrinkles after . . ooer, were there cherries in it? And I think we should pull out and bring our brave boys home. Send GB and co over to scrap it out . . What about Magaluf next year? I wonder about Gerald . . huh men! All they think about is football. And did Hari get off with Sally at the local retro-disco in Corry last night? And how much is eye-player anyway and what am I going to get Jerry and Gerry for their forthcoming nupts. I'm sure there were cherries in it. But they are though aren't they? Y'know, hippos. Cutey cute aren't they? Especially the fuzzy ones they've got in the precinct. Aw sweet. I preferred Donny me. And they called it Pu-ppy Love. My goodness they couldn't have been real! Yep! Definitely glaced ones! Now which famous High Street supermarket would offer the best deal? Oh battenburgs! They don't have any famous High Street supermarkets in the High Street no more. I mean they must've been pneumatic. Y'know. Thingy's thingies. Now which one of the 297 women's mags were they in? Oh yeah, all of them. Who's filched Woolies?! I liked Leslie Crowther. He would have barred the doors clutching as many cabbages as it took to repel the . . And what about the size of those thingamies that Christine was grappling with the other evening on The One Show! That WoBlAy bloke propping up the sofa almost broke out into a facial expression. Huh! Men eh! Football, football, football. That's all they think about.

    If you happen to be casually strolling behind one said individual and find yourself having to take drastic avoidance action as said individual careers your way whilst trying to remember who got off with who, who left who, who's got it in for who sunshine, in innumerable soaps, you are about to discover the answer to the conundrum at the top of this ramble.

    "Oh no, after you. I insist" will be your plaintive cry - being a sensitive soul earnestly, as you speak, yearning to grow your Rossetti curls and don a damp billowing shirt (again?) And I ain't saying who is who gender-wise. I'll hold onto me cherries thanks very much, but she has the best sense of humour of the species and if that don't work - crank up the old Aznouver. Ooer! How soxist!!

    Ross Elgin

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  • 133. At 10:22am on 27 Aug 2009, anthomorph wrote:

    easy when a man leaves the toilet the seat is always up.
    when a women leaves the toilet she will always put the seat down.

    unless you r my son who just wees all over the seat lol

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  • 134. At 12:56pm on 09 Sep 2009, Johnfrum wrote:

    In your gender tests there were those who confirmed stereotypes and those who did not. I, myself, would be no good at judgement for hitting things and would prefer to talk about emotions than cars, for all that I am male.

    very little is gender orientated; my father was exactly like my sister in behaviour and attitudes. People, irrespective of gender,love talking about their own feelings, but get nasty when others want to talk about theirs.

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  • 135. At 12:59pm on 09 Sep 2009, Johnfrum wrote:

    In your gender tests there were those who confirmed stereotypes and those who did not. I, myself, would be no good at judgement for hitting things and would prefer to talk about emotions than cars, for all that I am male.

    Very little is gender orientated; my father was exactly like my sister in behaviour and attitudes. People, irrespective of gender,love talking about their own feelings, but get nasty when others want to talk about theirs.

    As I am being referred to a "you" again, I would like to point out that I am Johnfrum

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