RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 30, Issue 12

Subject: RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 30, Issue 12
From: "Melanie Blank" <gmel999 -at- bluefrog -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 19:34:08 -0400

To Michael West,

I like your comments in the last digest. When I read the submission
expressing concern about the master/slave usage, I immediately thought of
male and female connectors -- even before reading your comment about them. I
think it can get a bit out of hand if we take this language out of its
mechanical or software-related (or other) context and "anthropomorphize" it.
(Are adjectives verbable?!)

I also no longer get hung up about the he/she, him/her issue. It gets very
awkward to try to be completely non-sexist in this usage. My last employer,
I think, handled this well, including a short disclaimer towards the
beginning of all publications, stating something to the effect that the use
of male pronouns in its publications was a convenience and not intended to
be interpreted as literally referring to males only.




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