I KNOW that these days hurricanes are named after both genders, which strikes a blow–and I use that word advisedly–for female rights. But some of the local comments about Irene have been, frankly, misogynistic.
Would people call a male hurricane “pissy” or suggest he is having a hormone-related tantrum? I don’t think so.
I have nothing against anthropomorphizing the forces of nature: Thor, Irene, whatever. But let’s be equitable about it.