Re: Gender Bias in Pronouns

Subject: Re: Gender Bias in Pronouns
From: Tracy Boyington <trlyboyi -at- GENESIS -dot- ODVTE -dot- STATE -dot- OK -dot- US>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 08:22:41 +0000

> >Will I be considered sexist if I raise the problem of descriptions that
> >assume that I am right-handed?

Why are you complaining about this? Everyone knows that right-handed
also means left-handed. Only a few immature lefties who should be in
therapy insist on ruining a perfectly good and stable language by
refusing to admit that "right-handed" includes them. It doesn't
bother *me* when descriptions assume I am right-handed, why should it
bother *you*?
(yes, that was sarcasm!!!) :-)

> >Talking about primary and secondary buttons isn't much better. My mouse has
> >three buttons and the middle button (which is configured for double-click)
> >is much more heavily used than the right button.

But in this case, wouldn't the user know that when using the middle
button they were actually using a shortcut to double-clicking the
primary button?


Tracy Boyington
Technical Communication Specialist
Oklahoma Department of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, Oklahoma

I never express opinions, but if one slips out, it belongs
to me and not ODVTE.

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