I think I will stick with Webmaster's version. G5's is just a little bit LOUD
for my taste... but people WILL notice it, which was the idea!
The gender issue is always interesting.... gender here in our virtual community is strictly a projection from the mind of the reader. I have frequently been called "he" here, even though I sort of thought rainbow-gardener was frou-frou and femmy enough to be at least a good hint. I think it's because I often give fairly authoritative answers with big vocabulary and science citations ... only men do that, right? (But see that "sort of" and "fairly" in there? Dead give away, women's language is always qualified, men don't usually do that, even when I'm being authoritative, I usually do put those femmy little qualifications in).
I was surprised when I read in HG's post "dragged G5 in here (as the catalyst for this whole reaction, she should be included)" and as I read it thought, "but I thought G5 was a guy." I expect HG was just being counterstereotypical -- since she (just kidding HG
) didn't know for sure, avoided just assuming male.
But I recently got caught in the opposite assumption. In correspondence assumed someone was female and turned out to be probably wrong. When I thought about it, I decided I assumed the poster was female because (she) is very smart and helpful and works with fruit (I don't understand the last part either, but it's in there).
But I once wrote a graduate paper (not on a gender related topic) all in the feminine pronouns, explaining that this is the generic feminine that is assumed to include the male. It was actually very enlightening!
You're invited to visit our [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21243]Gardening Book Club Forum[/url] Read along as we discuss Teaming with Microbes
, chapter by chapter.