Re: Evolving language or laziness?

Subject: Re: Evolving language or laziness?
From: "Colleen Dancer (02) 333-1862" <DANCER -dot- COLLEEN -at- A2 -dot- ABC -dot- NET -dot- AU>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 10:37:00 +1100

For all those who remain to be conviced that he is not gender neutral. I
have a good test for you.

Get two pictures, one representing male and one female, the stick figures
used for bathroom doors would be fine. Then sit anyone down and ask them
to point to the appropriate picture for each word you give them. Then
one at a time show them :

he
hers
him
she
her
his

etc..

I am prepared to bet that in almost every case all of the he, him and
his words will go towards the male representation. If he is gender
neutral then on the word "he" you should get equal pointing to the male
and female picture.

I doubt this would be the case

Colleen

dancer -dot- colleen -at- a2 -dot- abc -dot- net -dot- au

Yes this test could be improved, but I have to do some work this morning
:)

The opinions expressed are mine and not the ABCs


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