Re: anthro-l flame wars

Thu, 5 Jan 1995 23:42:11 -0500

Danny Yee writes-

>4) So is there anything wrong with Ruby (or Micki) insisting on their
>students using inclusive language? If the use of inclusive language
>does matter, then this is comparable to insisting that students avoid
>vague terms like "tribe" or "White". If the use of inclusive language
>doesn't make any difference, then it's pretty trivial, surely -- akin
>to insisting that students write in blue rather than black. (This is
>not as unlikely as it seems. I know of Computer Science lecturers
>who insist that their classes copy down colour diagrams *using the
>right colours*.) In neither case can it be considered censorship.

Danny Yee.

(Who, as an anarcho-syndicalist, doesn't think anyone should ever have
[my apologies if this post comes out looking wierd, but I hate this editor]
IMHO, there's nothing wrong with them setting writing-style requirements,
so long as they're known and consistant. I had a teacher here in grad
school who took points off for use of the passive voice. I lost plenty
of points, all without objection. I write the way I'm comfortable with,
and it's his class, so it's his perogative how to grade.

Before anyone leaps down my throat for using 'he' above (though it's
probably too late now), I've always used the indefinite unnumbered
pronoun 'they' instead of 'he' in those situations, always have,
always will.

-Pat Crowe, SUNY at Buffalo