virus: prrrronoun troublethth

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 09:14:12 -0700 (PDT)

On Sat, 18 Oct 1997, Tim Rhodes wrote:

> On Fri, 17 Oct 1997, Marie Foster wrote:
> > Tad is poetical in his responses often but me thinks he is using "she"
> > to obliquely identify one or more of the women on the list. I might
> > point out to Tad (as I sometimes get the feeling from his posts that he
> > is a pretty confident fellow), that making such statements might be
> > received by others as a tad bit insulting. (No pun intended.)
> Interestingly, when I read the post in question I noted how the "Use she
> as often as he in writing" meme has been gaining ground in the last couple
> years. Why should "he" be used as a blanket pronoun when "she" works just
> as well? What a great advance for the sisterhood!
> An then I wondered how the women on the list (an in the world in general)
> would react to this change.
> And then you wrote.
> -Prof. Tim

I noticed Tad's use of the word "she" and found it amusingly ironic given
that the context seemed to indicate he was talking about Richard.
Particularly ironic since it made me think of a passage in _Virus of the
Mind_ where Richard uses the generic "she" and then comments on it.