pleeeeease stop referring to hypothetical software developers as "he" by default. if you quickly add "or she" afterwards you're still on my shitlist. we have a perfectly serviceable generic singular pronoun, "they" - use it

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@chr "He" is and always has been (so long as English existed as a language) a singular generic pronoun.

Use "they" if you insist, but don't harass people who use generic "he".

@lukedashjr no one in this thread is harassing anyone. This is clearly a vent.

But thank you for playing.

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@lukedashjr @chr Only because for a long time (too long, imo) women didn't really count so 'he' could be used as generic because a generic person was assumed to be a man. That time is over now.

@irina @chr No, simply because "he" is gender-neutral. Stop trying to redefine it to offend yourself.

@lukedashjr @chr I don't have to redefine it because it's masculine (that it's erroneously used for the gender-neutral doesn't change that), and it might surprise you, but it's not me who is offending me. There is a perfectly serviceable gender-neutral third person pronoun in English, 'they', which (like 'you') started out as plural but can be used for the singular without any problem, and I choose to use that.

@irina @chr "He" is and always has been gender-neutral. Not erroneously, but intentionally.

The only time it was ever exclusively "masculine" in any sense, was back when pronouns went with specific words regardless of the referrant's actual sex.

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