There may be much to complain about the Catholic Church, and also the Pope, but can people please stop using phrases like "men who wear dresses" or "a man who wears a dress" in their ridicule of the clergy?
What is the point of such an insult? To emasculate the clerics? To laugh at men who do not wear 'male' clothing? I find such ridicule to be rather offensive, not because I have any particular care for clerics, but because the ridicule is misogynistic. It does nothing but perpetuate the idea that women are less than men, and that men who wear dresses are not real men.
Such ideas are nonsense.
What I find particularly odd about this specific means of ridicule is that persons employing such an insult would decry the use of such an insult if it were directed at transgender persons, transvestites, and drag queens.
And it's not even a dress the clergy are wearing; it is a cassock
. Calling it a dress just makes the person making such a statement look stupid. And stupidity irritates me as much as misogyny offends me.
Cross-posted on my blog, Holocene Hominoid.