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The suggestion is not necessarily an irrational solution to the
pseudo-problem. It is, however, a totally impractical solution. The "pseudo"
part of the problem is that IMO this isn't a problem at all. Considering and
addressing gender, political, or vernacular issues is no more a problem for
me than addressing techno-babble issues. I am a writer of the "technical
persuasion," and handling these kinds of issues is SOP - it's how I earn my
living, and happily so.
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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-9988 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Dick
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 1999 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: he/she thread
David Chinell wrote:
The best overall
> solution to this issue would be to vanish the female pronouns. This would
> force the male pronouns to become non-genderal.
Umm, David, did your mother nurse you at his breast while his uterus was
expelling his placenta? When you were dreaming up your 50% solution,
were you sipping on a 60% solution, perhaps?
> This saves us having to create a totally new set of pronouns, and renders
> acceptable the huge body of printed material already in existence.
I beg to differ. Nah, I don't beg. I just differ.
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