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I never fely hate, exactly, more like bewilderment that for the authors
of so many books girls didn't seem to exist except to be rescued by a
male. Women never _did_ anything bright; doctors, lawyers, heros were
always male. It does send a subtle message, despite out reluctance to
As someone who works with words, I dislike the cumbersome "he or she"
substitution, but as a member of the gender so often left out when we
take the shorter path, I opt of gender-inlusive use at all times.
On Sat, 9 Dec 1995, Barbara Weiss wrote:
> When I was a young girl, reading everything I could get my hands on, I
> remember feeling a door slam in my face every time the generic "he" was
> used. It was cruel and faceless and ubiquitous and it made me hate my
> gender. I thought that I was the only exception to the rule that women
> don't think.