Re: Help file resumes

Subject: Re: Help file resumes
From: Romay Jean Sitze <rositze -at- NMSU -dot- EDU>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 1994 23:40:04 -0700

Richard Lippincott wrote:

Thank you, Richard, for the commentary! This overzealous concern for
"political correctness" is one of my pet peeves. As you so accurately
state, where the reference is to an actual person, it is not only correct
but proper to use the appropriate pronoun. I've had students turn in
papers where a specific person has been referenced as "their"! He or shes
sprinkled throughout a paragraph until the textual meaning disappears is
another frequent ploy.

> I think my point is that I understand and agree with the need for a genderless
> text when you're writing documentation, or writing about a wide class of
> people. When you're dealing with a specific individual, in a real event, I
> think it's safe to use the actual information.

> It may not be politically correct to say that "All U.S. Presidents have been
> white males." It is, on the other hand, an accurate historical fact. (It
> of course, be quite wrong to use "he" in writing about any -future- President,
> because I can't predict the future.)

> Am I rambling? Opinions? Responses? Rotten tomatoes?

> Rick Lippincott
> Eaton Semiconductor
> rlippinc -dot- -at- bev -dot- etn -dot- com

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* a lot of results. I know several *
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