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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Computer and Gender

A language instructor was explaining to her class that French nouns,
unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine
or feminine. Things like "chalk"or "pencil," she described,
would have a gender association - even though in English, these words
were neutral. Puzzled, one student raised his hand and asked,
"What gender is a computer?"
The teacher wasn't certain, so divided the class into two groups and asked
them to decide if a computer should be masculine or feminine.
One group was composed of the women in the class, and the other, of men.
Both groups were asked to give four reasons for recommendation. The group of
women concluded that computers should be referred to in the masculine gender
1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.
3. They are supposed to help you solve yourproblems, but half the time they
are the problem.
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that,if you had waited a little
longer, you could have had a better model.!!!!

The men, on the other hand, decided that computers should definitely be
referred to as the feminine gender because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
2. The native language they use to communicate withother computers is
incomprehensible to everyone else.
3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half
your paycheck on accessories for it.!!!!

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