Subject: Re:he/she
From: "Kathi Jan Knill" <Kathi -dot- Knill -at- template -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 13:53:33 -0500

Hi guys! (oops, I mean Hi y'all!)
I totally agree with Hasl Wrobel when he says:
"avoid the gender issue altogether by using gerunds" <snip>

I don't think it makes for dry reading. In addition, I find it so much
more preferrable than any of the other options: he/she (UGH!), s/he
he or she (what a waste of paper when it is printed!), or the use the switch
and bait method (oh, is that related to something else? oh, no, that is
"bait and switch" -- and I have no idea what that means either).
Anyway, I find the last (he sometimes, she sometimes) terribly distracting.
I am reading for a purpose other than determining "the author's choice of
pronouns," it still distracts me. Maybe I am alone in that arena, but so be

So I vote, avoidance whenever possible. If you have to choose, I'd vote for

my $.02 (added only because I am the only one in the office today and felt
like breaking with some friends -- I like this list!)

Kathi Jan Knill
Sr. Technical Writer
Template Software, Inc.
kathi -dot- knill -at- template -dot- com <mailto:kathi -dot- knill -at- template -dot- com>
"Life is a banquet, and most poor slobs are starving to death" ~ Auntie Mame

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