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  • by domm (4030) on 2006.06.20 2:26 (#48301) Homepage Journal

    I usually alternate between male and female forms. That is, after each male (pro)noun, there comes a female (unless I'm referring back to previous person).

    I also have to say that I see female forms quite often in Perl books (though it's a sign that there's stille a lot of gender mainstreaming to do, as I'm surprised and delighted every time I see it). So there is some awareness.

    Oh, and the situation is even worse in German, where we have to jump through a lot of hoops to write gender-neutral text. E.g.: 'Lehrer' (teacher) vs 'Lehrerin' (female teacher). Solutions are the much-hated "binnen-I" ("inside-I") as in "LehrerIn" or gerundiums (is this an english word?) as in "Lehrende" ('people who are teaching').

    • gerundiums (is this an english word?)

      It's gerund [] in English. You can't use one to get around a pronoun's gender, though, or at least I think it'd be very awkward.

      • Funny!

        There where gerundiums and gerunds in Latin, but German ditched the gerunds. It seems that English ditches gerundiums.

        Anyway, discerning between gerundiums and gerunds was a constant source of pain for me (and others) in our latin classes...