guys != gender neutral
eric at eparsonage.com
Fri Sep 28 10:35:31 UTC 2012
The assumption of a 1-1 correspondence between gender and sex is old fashioned nowadays.
On 28/09/2012, at 6:30 PM, Bjørn Mork wrote:
> Scott Howard <scott at doc.net.au> writes:
>> On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM, Jo Rhett <jrhett at netconsonance.com> wrote:
>>> Guys seem to think that it's gender neutral. The majority of women are
>>> used to this, but they have indicated to me that they don't believe it to
>>> be very neutral. Using "guys" is not gender neutral, it's flat out implying
>>> the other gender doesn't matter. *
>> The Oxford English dictionary apparently disagrees with you.
>> (*guys*) people of either sex: * you guys want some coffee?
>> As other many words in the English language there are multiple definitions,
>> and one of those definitions is gender specific - but the one above is very
>> much gender neutral ("either sex" - it doesn't get much clearer than that!)
> Well, "either" sort of implies that there are only two sexes. I believe
> "people of any sex" would have been better. See e.g.
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