am 09.04.2006 21:46 Uhr schrieb Marcia Karp unter [log in to unmask]:
Thank you George. I'll check with you next time I have something to say.
George Carless wrote:
On Sun, Apr 09, 2006 at 02:40:00PM -0400, Marcia Karp wrote:
I said nothing about the words I use. I've already said this and won't
say it again. You are putting ideas and words into my mouth. Please
don't. I speak with appropriate care. You'll have to have this
imagined fight with me on your own.
Marcia--you invited yourself into the pews with CR and Ken; if you are
choosing your own words carefully, you might do well to read *theirs* a
little more closely before aligning yourself with them.
Nice reply, my dear Marcia -- mind my joining you guys? Move over for me in
that pew please!
What brouhaha about nothing.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to accept "Man" as a synonym for "Mankind"?
As the frogs say: "Quel mal y a-t-il à ça?" "What's so bad about it?"
In German, the use of both genders has become a wholly superfluous and
bothersome journalistic habit; e.g.: The term "Taxpayers", "Steuerzahler",
is habitually changed to "Steuerzahler und -zahlerinnen", now commonly
abbreviated to "SteuerzahlerInnen" (note the capitalization within the word,
a novelty within our language).
However, such bothersome and trite neologisms will never change the attitude
of any given MCP (Male Chauvinist Pig), all it does is hamper the reading of
the text. It will never facilitate communication, au contraire.
If a person is unable to acknowledge the equality of genders (let alone our
civilization's dire need of the prevalence of the female element),
distortion of languages's common use will not help him (or her or it).
"Das Ewigweibliche zieht und hinan" (The everlasting female elevates us)
J. W. Goethe