OT: Re: gender-neutral English usage

omcomali.rhn at porcupinefactory.org omcomali.rhn at porcupinefactory.org
Thu Jan 21 01:43:47 CET 2010

On Wed, 20 Jan 2010 23:28:11 +0100
"arne anka" <openmoko at ginguppin.de> wrote:

> >> > what exactly has one's value to do with the gender or the pronoun you  
> >> are
> >> > using to refer to him or her?
> >> > your proposition is based on the assumption that one gender is less
> >> > valueable than the other, hence, using the male or female pronoun  
> >> would
> >> > express a judgement.
> > In different situations, I myself assign different values to people of  
> > different genders, yes. This is usually backed up by statistics - for  
> > example, I assume more men than women are capable of heavy lifting ;)  
> > Other people are likely to do the same. Aren't you?
> i don't really see, inhowfar difference necessarily must impose a  
> hierarchy.
> my laptop's screen is certainly different from my parents tv -- but that  
> doesn't mean one is better than the other.
I think you missed my point - it was only to stress that people see and treat genders differently. The difference in value I was referring to was suitability for some things.

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