Date: Wed, 6 Mar 1996 13:52:32 -0500 From: Ronald Butters Subject: Re: why the male member is not referred to as Gertrude On Tue, 5 Mar 1996, Donald Larmouth wrote >. . . I never thought of body parts as "possessions" but > as extensions of myself. I believe that there is a technical term for this: "inalienable possession." Some languages mirror the difference, e.g., in French one says (as I recall) "Je vais a' laver mes chats" but "Je vais a' me laver les mains."