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Subject:RE: His/Her v. Their From:"Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com> To:Ben Davies <bdavies -at- imris -dot- com>, Becca <becca -at- di -dot- org>, tech2wr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:21:14 +0000
"Aw, man, I thought the user guide would tell me how to frip the quibble on my carbledywoop, but these instruction are written only for women! I wonder if the manufacturer has a version written for men."
Sorry, while I deeply respect individuality and diversity, I find dogmatic political correctness offensive, a veritable turd in the melting pot.
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 Ben Davies
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2012 12:07 PM
To: Becca; tech2wr-l
Subject: RE: His/Her v. Their
I don't think it is acceptable to say "his" or "her". Using either of those shows gender discrimination, unless it is an absolute that everyone reading your document will be of a specific gender.
If the text is third person, I suggest trying to completely remove the possessiveness from the text.
(third person with possessiveness)
To begin, cross-stitchers create a list of all the items they need from the pattern instructions. Next, they will search through the little floss bins that correspond to the required colors at the nearest craft store, such as Michael's.
(third person with no possessiveness)
To begin, cross-stitchers create a list of all the items needed, from the pattern instructions. Next, the stitchers will search through the little floss bins that correspond to the required colors at the nearest craft store, such as Michael's.
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