Re: Political Correctness (Was Re: Master/Slave)

Subject: Re: Political Correctness (Was Re: Master/Slave)
From: "Peter Lucas" <peterlucas -at- mediaone -dot- net>
To: "Tracy Boyington" <tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 15:21:41 -0700

Well, I recently purchased a new home, and they no longer call the main
bedroom the "master" bedroom or "master" suite. It's now called the "owner's
suite." At least that's how it is in California. My wife and I found that
somewhat interesting when we first saw the layout of the house.

Peter Lucas
Decade Software Company

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tracy Boyington" <tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2000 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: Political Correctness (Was Re: Master/Slave)

> > Plainly and simplely, writers have to use the standard
> > language of a field, no matter how "offensive" it may
> > be outside of that field.
> I agree. However, I thought the post you appear to be disagreeing with
> said the same thing -- as TWs, it is our responsibility to examine the
> terminology we use and determine how our readers will be affected by it.
> does not mean changing it on our own because we consider it "offensive" or
> refusing to follow everyone else's change because we consider it "PC." If
> industry has stopped using a particular term, we should also stop using
it. The
> fact that "master/slave" is still in use doesn't mean it's a bad thing to
> every once in a while.
> Tracy

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