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Title: FW: Computers
Robert Sparkman
P.O. Box 382
Rome City, Indiana 46784
Home page http://members.xoom.com/SPARKMANRL
Phone (219) 854-2353
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From: Annette Sutherland
To: Russ & Sally ; Robert ; Nedra ; Mary Pat ; Kathy Hall ; Andrea
Cc: Annette @ Work
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2000 10:03 PM
Subject: Fw: Computers

An English teacher was explaining to his students the concept of gender
association in the English language. He stated how hurricanes at one
time were given feminine names and how ships and planes were usually
referred to as "she."

One of the students raised their hand and asked "What 'gender' is a

The teacher wasn't certain which it was, so he divided the class into
two groups, males in one, females in the other, and asked them to decide if
a computer should be masculine or feminine. Both groups were asked to
give four reasons for their recommendation.

The group of women concluded that computers should be referred to in the
masculine gender because:

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 your problems, 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 in the feminine gender because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is
incomprehensible to everyone else.

3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for
later retrieval.

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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