Re: The HE/ Thing

Subject: Re: The HE/ Thing
From: "Arlen P. Walker" <arlen -dot- p -dot- walker -at- JCI -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 1994 12:04:47 -0500

Writing almost without thinking, Anreas Ramos was noted to say:
>On Fri, 3 Jun 1994, Marilynne Smith wrote:
>> >> What if you KNOW that your audience is exclusively (or almost so) male?
>> Then don't risk offending that single female. She's got enough problems
>> already.
>> -Marilynne
>So what happens if one is writing documentation for something that is
>used EXCLUSIVELY by one sex? May one then ignore the other sex? To
>include them, out of political correctness, would only amuse the reader
>or make the writer look ridiculous.

That's a *very* small probability (especially extended to "will *always* be
used exclusively by one sex"). Name ten.

>And why does Marilynne assume that the single marginalized person will be
>a woman?

I don't know why she would, Andreas, unless of course it was BECAUSE SHE
READ THE MESSAGE SHE WAS REPLYING TO!!!! Try it sometimes, you might find
you don't need to get the egg out of your eyebrows as often.

Have Fun,

arlen -dot- walker -at- jci -dot- com
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