Re: Ruby Rohrlich and its ideas.

Iain Walker (iainw@SUE.ECON.SU.OZ.AU)
Mon, 20 May 1996 10:44:52 +1100

On Fri, 17 May 1996, Ruby Rohrlich wrote:

> In this message, when you referred to a hypothetical author and "his"
> oevre, did you all concur as to the sex of the author? Ruby Rohrlich

Yes, of course, didn't you?

Clearly, if the hypothetical author had been a woman, the text would have
read "her" oeuvre ("her" being the the third person singular feminine
possessive pronoun). If, however, the article had been intended to be
gender-neutral, the author would surely have written "its" oeuvre.

Iain Walker

Dept. of Anthropology
University of Sydney