The Computer is Gender Confused

The Computer is Gender Confused

A language teacher was explaining to her class that in French, nouns unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine.

‘"House" in French, is feminine -"la maison," "Pencil" in French, is masculine "le crayon."’

One puzzled student asked, "What gender is a computer?" The teacher thought it would be a good exercise to have the students decide what they thought the gender should be.

So she split the class into two groups appropriately enough, by gender and asked them to decide whether "computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Both groups were required to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The men’s group decided that computer should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computer"), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later review.

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you constantly find yourself spending more money on accessories for it.

The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine "le computer") because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on.

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2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves.

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 gotten a better model!

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8 thoughts on “The Computer is Gender Confused

  1. in france, they have no computers, they have ordinateurs but “l’ordinateur (m)” 😦

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  2. Is this a true story? I get the feeling that it’s just made up to get people to debate.

    Personally I would say that all “modern technology” should have the masculan “LA” simply because without men, NONE of these miraculas things would even exist.

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