Re: sexist language in debian instructions/documentation
Hello Eduard and everyone,
Would it appease you if the introduction would contain the sentense: "all
following names and role descriptions are considered to be gender
neutral" or something like that?
Actually that's not really OK. Though it would be an improvement on
the current situation.
How about the following idea: your statement above goes at the top of
every page. And pages (or paragraphs) alternate between "he" and "her".
So each page/paragraph has only one sex of pronoun, but there is a
roughly equal distribution between male and female pronouns.
If any of the men reading this feel uneasy about the idea of reading
stuff that is supposed to describe them and their work, but uses "she",
welcome to the world the women are currently living in.
Reason: Reading he/she, him/her, etc. again and again is annoying.
Unfortunately, often there is no gender neutral description if you don't
wish to switch to lawyer language. Try reading this:
I can understand how people might get irritated by this. However it's
something that one can quickly get used to. It isn't a good enough
excuse for maintaining a sexist culture that is enshrined in debian
documents. If universities, schools, businesses etc all over the world
can fix this problem in their speech and writing, so can debian :)