Forwarded: Names, Flames & Getting It

Lief M. Hendrickson (hendrick@NOSC.MIL)
Sat, 31 Dec 1994 11:52:01 PST

> ref: Post by Denise O'Brien on Dec 31

>But the hooha that has ensued means that a lot of you guys (which to
>me is a genderless term) ...
Guys originally meant fellow- male gender. Guys and dolls- males
and females. Now a lot of people can use the word "guys" as a
"genderless term". So it is with certain other words, if we

>Second, as someone
>has already suggested but without any graphic examples, suppose Bjorn had
>used /nigger/ to refer to all African-Americans? Would anyone have
>defended his language as neutral or as not meant to be offensive?
You're right about this. However, even the exalted Mike Lieber
used a derivitive of "nigger" by his use of "denigration" as I
pointed out. This did not result in accusations of racism. It's
intent that counts- and should continue to be the most important