Re: degendering language

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Sat, 31 Dec 1994 19:25:29 -0500

THANKS for your simple, direct and eminently intelligible and intelligent
comments, from which Chuck Coker and others like him could learn a great
deal. I hope you have a very good year. Ruby Rohrlich

On Sat, 31 Dec 1994, Tom Riley wrote:

> Chuck Coker makes a big mistake when he talks about degendering
> language and being gender neutral in languages where gender is not
> a part of the language. We do not have gender in English. There
> is little or no difficulty in making our language gender neutral. Like
> Tahitian, where particular words were banned at the death of a great
> chief if they reminded you of the chief's name, we can make English
> gender neutral as our society becomes gender neutral. There's
> little to it, and there's much to be gained by it. What's the
> hassle here?