Just noticed something on the S.C. legislative website. On the page with links to House members’ bios, there is an interesting difference in the way distaff members are listed:
Jeff D. Duncan Tracy R. Edge Shannon S. Erickson (Mrs. Kendall F.) P. Michael “Mike” Forrester Marion B. Frye Laurie Slade Funderburk (Mrs. Harold Williams) Michael W. “Mike” Gambrell Wendell G. Gilliard Jerry N. Govan, Jr. Anton J. Gunn Nikki Randhawa Haley (Mrs. William Michael) Daniel P. “Dan” Hamilton Nelson L. Hardwick
I never noticed that before, and I wonder why. Is it because they didn’t DO it that way before, or because I just never looked up any female members, or I just wasn’t being observant?
Anyway, it jumped out at me just now, when I went to try to answer the question raised by a reader back here (but I did not find the answer).
I wonder what y’all think of it.
Me, I like it. I think it’s genteel. But then, I would have been at home in the England that Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen wrote about, when ladies were ladies and gentlemen were gentlemen. As long as I got to be a gentleman. (I think if I took an aptitude test that tested for all occupations throughout history, I would test as perfectly suited to being an English gentleman who did nothing but ride to the hounds and collect his rents — that is, let his man of business collect them for him, of course. I feel it in my bones. And you know what? In that whole year I was looking, I never saw a job like that.)
At lunch today, when I said something about how Vincent Sheheen has to be careful not to seem to be TOO aggressive with Nikki Haley, my ADCO colleague Lora Prill gently suggested that my sensibility with regard to matters of chivalry is a relic of a bygone era, which means of course that I’m way old. Which I’m not; I’m just quixotic.
At any rate, say what else you may say about it, it’s very South Carolina.