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3-15-2009 @ 4:46PM
I'd like to propose an experiment to test the difference between the traditional English use of masculine terms where gender is unknown, and more modern, gender-inclusive, "artificial" terms, as you describe them.Get 100 participants. Ask 50 of them, "Picture a craftsman, and describe him to me." Ask the other 50, "Picture a craftsperson, and describe that person to me." Compare the number of people in each group that described a male person, and the number that describe a female person.Under the traditional rules of grammar, both "craftsman" and "he" can refer to women. So the ratio in each group describing men and women should be similar, right?
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