What is Python?
tim at degree.ath.cx
Fri Sep 29 08:18:40 CEST 2000
Grant Edwards <ge at nowhere.none> wrote:
> Mikael Olofsson wrote:
> > > Grant Edwards wrote:
> > > > And the lack of a
> > > > sex-neutral third person singular pronoun is annoying.
> >What? Is "it" deprecated?
> When used to refer to a person, "it" is generally considered
> insulting. And it sounds funny:
> "When a programmer needs to write a quick utility program, it
> should consider using Python."
Pre-feminist convention dictated that person whose gender was irrelevant
defaulted to masculine. Hence, "...he should consider using Python."
OTOH, if a machine were attempting to learn, "it" might be insulted at
personification of this sort, whether masculine or feminine... Where do
we draw the line at who (what?) we respect?
However, I have no qualms with inviduals choosing to default to the
feminine, especially in anything as informal as a newsgroup.
I saw a sign at the University of
California, Santa Cruz, which, instead of "Keep off grass", suggested
"Respect our Vegetation." What's next? Should we salute the grass
before a picnic? Play a requiem prior to mowing the lawn? If we grant
citizenship to vegetation, what will vegetarians eat?
Just some thoughts to ponder... =)
-Tim Hammerquist <timmy at cpan.org>
A child of five would understand this.
Send someone to fetch a child of five.
-- Groucho Marx
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