A New Women’s Movement?

You probably recognize this symbol:

Ichthus_svg

As Wikipedia explains it, “According to tradition, ancient Christians, during their persecution by the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ, used the fish symbol to mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes.” The shape of the fish represents the Greek word ἰχθύς or ΙΧΘΥΣ, which is interpreted as an acronym for Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς Θεοῦ Υἱὸς Σωτήρ (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), or “Jesus Christ, Son of God, [Our] Savior.” You may have seen it on cars as a bumper sticker or magnetic badge in this form:

Ichthus logo

This revival of the icon seems to have started in the 1970s. Some secular humanists use this logo instead:

Darwin fish

On another fish-related topic, you may have heard that the word “ghoti” is pronounced “fish.” The explanation is that gh is pronounced as in rough, enough, and so on, o as in women, and ti as in any word ending in –tion. [A competing version is the “silent ghoti,” in which gh is pronounced as in through, o as in people, t as in ballet, and I as in business.]

So I would like to propose another fish icon:

Ghoti fish

In this fish, the gh is pronounced as in tough, the o as in women, and the ti as in action. This therefore represents Tough Women Action, a proposed new movement appropriate for Women’s History Month and honoring all the tough women who stuck it out as long as they did in the Democratic primary race.

 

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