RE: Write differently for women?

Subject: RE: Write differently for women?
From: "Diane Evans" <dianee -at- lockstream -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 10:31:31 -0700

<snip> ..."On the whole, however, I believe "how to", mechanical, general
(actually most) documents should be gender-neutral and follow appropriate
style for the particular industry. The audience is usually mixed. Don't
write like a guy or a gal. Just present the necessary information."

I agree with this assessment. However, I am reminded of my own family. I
am the technical person; my husband can use computers well only because of
the behind-the-scenes work that I do for him (setting up shortcuts, icons,
choosing the best software, etc.). Whenever we go to a computer store,
however, the salesperson generally talks straight to my husband, and ignores

My other gender-non-neutral pet peeve: I sing tenor, yet music is generally
written for "men's voices" and "women's voices." Oh, well.....

Diane Evans
Technical Writer


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