[Mailman-Users] use of name "mailman"

James Strickland james at perforce.com
Mon Feb 22 23:46:55 CET 1999

On Mon, 22 Feb 1999, Christopher G. Petrilli wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 22, 1999 at 01:54:45PM -0800, James Strickland wrote:
> > There is also a problem with the name incorporating the word "man", so if
> > there is a need to change the name I think a gender-neutral name should be
> > chosen.
> <SARCASM>Definately, we should use something like PostalDeliveryPerson
> as the name</SARCASM>
> Seriously, unless Mailman is a trademark, then I don't see a reason to
> change, this is the common usage of the term for all those not PC
> impared.


FWIW, IMHO there are problems with using "man" to somehow, magically, mean
"person".  I don't suppose you've ever heard of kids who don't believe
it's possible for a woman to be a firefighter or a letter carrier? I have. 
If you believe it's ok for our kids to grow up with such prejudices, then
you, in the words of the other objector, have your head on wrong. 

James Strickland
Ever heard of someone shovelling personure in Personitoba?

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