I guess we all need to be aware of the use of gender specific pronouns in what we write.
Yeah, I’m referring to a post I saw today by our friend Jim the Firefighter that calls out one of The Usual Suspects for something so ridiculous, it boggles the mind.
The post by the Grande Dame concerns a short post by Sam Harris recommending a podcast by one Dan Carlin. It’s a quick post with a link to Carlin’s page and a recommendation from Sam to his readers to listen to the podcast.
Not much to complain about there, right?
Oh no! the problem is that in the first sentence, Sam dares to refer to his subject with gender specific pronouns. The massively sexist (I guess) sentence is this:
From time to time one discovers a person so good at his job that it is almost impossible to imagine him doing anything else.
I’m not sure what would have been acceptable since it is apparent that Dan Carlin is a man.
Maybe the following rewrite will help instruct Sam in the future:
From time to time one discovers a person so good at their job that it is almost impossible to imagine that person doing anything else.
When did it become unacceptable to use gender specific pronouns?
I realize that The Usual Suspects have zero love for Sam Harris but this is just trolling his site, looking for any excuse to attack him (There! I did it!).
Even more curious is where she (oops!) attacks Harris’ The End of Faith:
The End of Faith was like that on every damn page, and after awhile I couldn’t stand it any more.
Well, after 9 years, The End of Faith is still doing fairly well on Amazon. How about any of your books?