RE: His/Her v. Their

Subject: RE: His/Her v. Their
From: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
To: Becca <becca -at- di -dot- org>, "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, tech2wr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:31:50 +0000

It's interesting that the writer assumed that the audience is entirely bigendered. But why didn't she or he say his/her instead of her/his? Isn't it oppressive to always put the male first?! To achieve true equality, we should all always use he/she and she/he alternately.

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From: techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Becca
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2012 8:25 AM
To: Combs, Richard; tech2wr-l
Subject: Re: His/Her v. Their

In this situation, we have a number of diferent actors. Each step may refer to a different actor. The author of the document wrote things like

"The SME should print his/her name and sign it on the Signature line"
The next step then says what the next actor should be doing with the form.
I don't think I can get away with totally reorganizing or editing the document to put it all in the second person assumed format. I have to take baby steps here with how much I can get away with editing.


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His/Her v. Their: From: Becca
RE: His/Her v. Their: From: Combs, Richard
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