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Computers are used more and more these days by family historians. But did you ever stop to think whether your PC is masculine or feminine? Read on...

Gender Bender

A professor was pondering the question - as to if a computer should be referred to in the masculine or feminine gender.  To this end he set up two working groups of computer experts,  the first comprised all women - and the second all men. The brief of each group was to recommend whether computers should be referred to in the feminine gender, or the masculine gender. They were asked to give 4 reasons for their recommendation.

After a lot of deliberation - the group of women decided that a computer should definitely be regarded as male - citing the following reasons:

  1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on;
  2. They have a lot of data, but are still clue less;
  3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they are the problem;
  4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had  waited a little longer you could have had a better model.

The men, on the other hand, concluded that Computers should be referred to in the feminine gender because:

  1. No one but the creator understands their internal logic - and even that's doubtful;
  2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers  is incomprehensible to everyone else;
  3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for  later retrieval;
  4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheque on accessories for it.

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