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Re: sexist language in debian instructions/documentation

On Tuesday 03 August 2004 01:28 am, Patty Langasek wrote:

> If pronoun usage in documentation is seriously an offensive and
> train-halting offense to you, then by all means, feel free to devote
> your time to finding other ways to have the documentation rewritten.
> However, please keep in mind that some women aren't quite as ruffled
> and are not offended by this.

Wow, who said that about train-halting offense :-).  To me, it's not 
offensive but exclusive.  Intentional or not, when I read (he this, he 
that, he, he, he, he...), I get the feeling I'm not included.  But, 
when I read (NM, he/she, and alternating hes and shes), I get the 
feeling that I am included (yay).  It's very subtle.

Coincidentally, I didn't become consciously aware of this until I 
started reading open source docs.  For the first time, there were many 
examples written with she as the pronoun, and I wasn't always having to 
mentally replace the male pronoun with something gender neutral.


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