Re: No Subject

Subject: Re: No Subject
From: Kris Olberg <KJOlberg -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 21:46:30 -0500

In a message dated 95-12-08 16:08:35 EST, tscom005 -at- DUNX1 -dot- OCS -dot- DREXEL -dot- EDU
(kelly mullins) writes:

>There is a younger mental age group to whom "chairman" and "doctor" do not
>necessarily mean "male." The people in this group have grown up in a
>society with women doctors and lawyers and chairmen. "He" and "him" are
>grammatically correct pronouns used to refer to a singular antecedent, not
>gender biased words which imply that only males can be doctors.

I'm 35. I put myself in the age group you describe above. But "he" and "him"
still imply "male," no matter how you slice it. They most surely are
gender-biased words. In fact, awareness of gender bias has made me even more
sensitive to use of "he," "she," "him," etc.

When I write something to be published, I avoid introducing gender bias by
rewriting 100% of the time. Sometimes when writing a memo or other quick
thing, I cheat and let my subject and verb disagree.

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