...where women are judged solely based upon whether they are hot or not.
No, you've got the idiom completely backwards. You do not say, "I am going to judge this woman; is she hot, whatever that means? I'll base my judgment upon that." It's the other way around; when you call a woman "hot" it means you have already judged her, and you have found her especially admirable in some way or another. For example, she might be superficially physically attractive - that's real common, a guy sees a pretty girl, elbows his buddy and points, "Hey, wow, check out that hot babe over there!" - or you might know her personally and find her particularly charming, or she might have a beautiful singing voice, or whatever. It's a Hell of a world where admitting to admire someone gets read as an insult!
You use the same idiom talking about, say, a writer, male or female: "Hey, read this guy's stuff, he's hot!" or even about a completely inanimate thing like a feature in a computer program: "The new plotting interface in Acad2K is hot!" Obviously that doesn't mean you are sexually objectifying the program in a belittling, demeaning way!
I'm not denying that a lot of guys do objectify women as though they were inanimate objects for their use, we both know that happens, some women treat guys the same for that matter, but merely using the innocent phrase "hot girl" is so far from sufficient ground for an accusation of sexism that it's just ridiculous. When I hear talk like this I have to assume that people are just fishing for a pretense so they can act like they've been affronted.
Yours WDK - WKiernan@concentric.net
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