gender-swapping

Jimmy—or "Jenny"—Olsen?

A new rumor suggests that Superman character Jimmy Olsen—a young photographer who works with both Clark Kent and Superman—may become a woman in the newest Superman movie, Man of Steel.

Director Zack Snyder has already shown a willingness to make unconventional casting choices with this movie. Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane, caused a bit of a stir when she stepped out in red hair instead of the more traditional brown. More drastically, the selection of [Laurence] Fishburne as Perry attracted some attention because the character has typically been portrayed as caucasian across comic books, television shows, cartoons, and films.

I buy it.

Should Airlines Be Allowed to Forbid Men From Sitting Next to Unaccompanied Minors?

Katie J.M. Baker:

Is it gender discrimination to separate adult men from children solely on the basis of their Y chromosome?

Of course it is, but this phrasing implies that gender discrimination is always unacceptable.

On the one hand, I can only imagine Baker’s snarkiness if we gender-swapped this situation, and at first blush it smacks a little of the sexist idea that men are always untrustworthy. On the other hand, in-flight child molestation seems like a very real problem, and I don’t doubt that most if not all of the perpetrators are men.