Posted by: hellonhairylegs | October 28, 2008

Memo to Composers

It’s humankind. Not man, mankind or the world of man.

Also, your book/ movie/ poem sucks when the reader is more likely to run into male dwarves or elves than any kind of female humanoid.




  1. You know, I’m outing myself as a MEGA GEEK here, but we’ve been rewatching DS9 and this just came up in an episode – this woman was preaching a rejection of technology and return to “core” human identities, and through the entire thing kept saying MAN. I don’t know if it was deliberate or just an oblivious screenwriter, but it got to the point where she said “This dependence on technology hasn’t done anything for us, it’s crushed the real spirit of Man” and I screamed “BUT AT LEAST IT GAVE US GENDER-NEUTRAL PRONOUNS, AMIRITE?” and my SO had to calm me with ice-cream.

  2. One of the things I love about your blog is your ability to say so much in so few words.

  3. Lol QoT- so true.

    Thanks plainjane. Part of it is that I haven’t had enough time lately for a good old fashioned rant.

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