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  •  Gee, I would have liked this diary more (0+ / 0-)

    If only you had included the possibility for women to be heroes by at least once or twice saying she instead of he, or s/he which is even more inclusive.

    You do have a point about the bit they do, though.

    Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

    by splashy on Wed May 01, 2013 at 03:06:41 AM PDT

    •  Some of my best heroes are women (0+ / 0-)

      I always use the masculine gender when the sex of the individual is either unknown or indeterminate.  The alternatives—the use of the feminine gender, the singular “they,” or the “he/she” disjunction—are either inelegant or distracting.

      It could have been worse.  In my first draft, I gave as an example of a hero that of a man saving a woman from drowning.  I mean, if I ever jump into a river to save someone from drowning, I want it to be woman.  But I suppressed my romantic nature for the sake of gender equality, and replaced the word “woman” with "someone."

      I thought about saying that a woman can be a hero too, but then I wondered if I shouldn’t use the feminine form “heroine.”  But that led me to ask myself, “Is a heroine a female hero, or just a damsel in distress in need of a hero?”

      In the end, I just gave up and reverted to my usual style of using the masculine gender, hoping to be understood as inclusive of both sexes.  But there is no question about it.  Women too can be heroes.  In fact, if ever I am drowning, I want to be rescued by a woman.  It would be so romantic.

      •  The problem with using the masculine all the time (0+ / 0-)

        Is that it makes females not know for sure if they are included.

        I have seen many times when they thought they were, only to have some male turn on them in disdain and disgust (I've seen adult men do this) to say "you are not included!" or something similar.

        It leads to hurt feelings, confusion, and having it pointed out once more that females can never know for sure if they are included in the conversation/action.

        It makes for the timidity you see in so many females. It only takes a few times to make anyone hesitant to assume they are included. It really hurts girls, and sets them up for a lifelong anxiety when it comes to figuring out what's what.

        Only the very strong and those with lots of support from family and friends can overcome this conditioning. The rest are pretty much marginalized by the paralysis of not knowing.

        Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

        by splashy on Sat May 04, 2013 at 03:22:46 PM PDT

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