on August 30th, 2006 at 12:19 am
You're right, I do know what you mean, and I'm not playing a syntax game. I'm saying I think Ellison meant the gesture in an affectionate and playful way. It could be that his action sprang from an unexamined sexist part of himself. But I don't think he had any conscious bad intentions. I'm not saying I know, it's merely how it seems to me at this point.