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Friday, January 30, 2009

Computer Gendering

A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. 'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.' 'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.' A student asked, 'image_thumb[2]What gender is 'computer'?'
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into male and female, and asked each group to decide if a computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun.

Each was also asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men decided on the feminine image gender          
('la computadora'), because: 1. No one but their creator understands their intern al logic; 2. The native language use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else; 3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and 4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it. (THIS GETS BETTER!)

   The women however, concluded computers should be Masculine ('el computador'), because: 1.  In order to do anything with them,image you have to turn them on; 2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves; 3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

This post is for all the smart women ...and the men that have a sense of humor.