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Old 08-16-2007, 04:34 AM   #9
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Today everyone is a social engineer -- politicians, judges, journalists, professors, intellectuals, etc. The theory is, that like Hegel's view of history, society is in a state of evolution. But we can't just let it evolve according to chance. We will get intelligent results by controlling it intelligently. So society has to be engineered -- like for raising children, it takes more than a family, but a village (as Hillary Clinton says).

So whether gender neutral language is correct does not depend on the logic of linguistics but that of the social agenda it is being used for. But even that agenda can be stated in completely different ways with various objectives.

I knew a college student from Indonesia once. She had strong feelings about gender neutral language in English. To some extent, I think its acceptance depends on culture. She may have had reasons for her feelings I didn't know about.

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