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chorale just spoke with a customer service rep named "Alex." I referred to the rep as "he," and she corrected me: Alex was a woman. This led to a brief discussion of gendering of names, in which she remarked that comics fans would naturally think of "Lex" as a man's name. Now I want to see the Lex Luthor of an alternate timeline, the brilliant woman who's Superman's archfoe.

Or maybe archfoe/love interest? perhaps in the style of Batman/Catwoman, or perhaps in that of Dagny Taggart/John Galt? Superman has never had that sort of dynamic with anyone that I know of. . . .


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Feb. 19th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
Superman has never had that sort of dynamic with anyone that I know of. . . .

Maxima is the first one that pops into my head, but she mostly just wanted him for breeding stock. (And, honestly, the main reason I remember her is because she's on my list of "Superheroes with the same name as cars".)
Feb. 19th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
Now that you bring her up, I remember her, but I never had any sense of his returning her interest. I'd hope to see something with a bit more chemistry.
Feb. 19th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Remember "Alexandra Luthor" in the DC Elseworlds game?
Feb. 19th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid that's fallen out of my brain. Was that DC Realtime? Remind me of the story, if you can spare a moment?
Feb. 19th, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yup. Adversary of Sterling. I only managed to use her for one adventure, though, before we ended the campaign.
Feb. 19th, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
That was the adventure where I established the family lineage of Luthors: Alexi "Lex" Luthor, enemy of Superman; Alexander "Lex" Luthor, enemy of Steel; and Alexandra Luthor, enemy of Sterling.
Feb. 20th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
Well, that's logical, though a slightly different flavor.
Feb. 22nd, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
Sorry for snooping around...

My father is called Alex, short for Alexander, but as a Doctor Who fan first that comes to mind would be Alex Kingston, River Song. So I'm not sure which gender I would have assumed if I heard your co-worker say the name! It's interesting how opinions can change over time.
Feb. 22nd, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Well, Evelyn and Leslie and Shirley all used to be masculine names. It seems like the traffic is mostly one way.
Feb. 22nd, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
I know Leslie Nielsen, but Evelyn and Shirley? Seriously? I also know Maria for both male and female.

Mercedes used to be a woman name but nowadays everyone thinks of the car...
Feb. 22nd, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia says, "Before the publication of the novel Shirley by Charlotte Brontë in 1849 Shirley was an uncommon, but distinctly male name and would have been a very unusual name for a woman." So you have to go back a ways. And Evelyn "can refer to persons of either sex, although it is more commonly borne by females." (If I use it as a masculine name, though, I tend to say "eev-a-linn," rather than "evv-linn," the feminine pronunciation.

Many of these names were originally surnames that became given names. "Byron" and "Shelley" are other examples of this process.
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