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I find it hard to use the word "guys" if there's even just ONE girl in the group. I'd have to say "guys and gals".
But yes, I understand that in American, the gender connotation has pretty much been lost.
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Posted Jun 10, 2013 21:18 UTC (Mon) by ebiederm (subscriber, #35028)
Posted Jun 10, 2013 23:44 UTC (Mon) by wahern (subscriber, #37304)
Plus there are the reactionaries who insist on using masculine pronouns for people, and feminine for objects, as if resorting to 18th century usage is supposed to somehow resolve the issue--I suppose because "sexism", per se, didn't exist back then. These people are roadblocks to change just as much as somehow who insists on abominations such as "s/he".
And just because both men and women use "guys" doesn't necessarily make it okay. Men used to regularly beat their wives, and their wives used to accept the treatment as normative, even defending such behavior. That didn't make it okay. People are habituated to all sorts of unfair and prejudiced social behavior, even if they don't realize it.
I tend to agree that "guys" is about as gender-neutral as such a word can become, but I'm not about to make myself the arbiter of the sufficiency of its neutrality.
Posted Jun 11, 2013 9:34 UTC (Tue) by Wol (guest, #4433)
The correct masculine antecedent is "wer-man" - the feminine equivalent "wif-man" has morphed into "woman", while the masculine version has been lost.
(So a wer-wolf is really just a male wolf :-)
Posted Jun 11, 2013 11:33 UTC (Tue) by nye (guest, #51576)
No, it's a man-wolf. A man that turns in to a wolf.
The obvious corollary is that a female werewolf should be called a wifwolf, though I suspect few would understand WTF that means.
Related: the word 'gynoid' doesn't seem to have gained much traction either, despite a fair few people actually using it.
Posted Jun 18, 2013 9:57 UTC (Tue) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
The origin of the word before PIE remains, of course, a subject of much academic debate. I doubt there is enough data to ever come to any firm conclusions, but I've been wrong before...
Posted Jun 16, 2013 2:39 UTC (Sun) by jzbiciak (✭ supporter ✭, #5246)
For me, "guy" and "dude" are pretty much gender neutral, unless something else about the context reinforces a male bent. And yes, I admit, that the range goes from neutral to male; there isn't anything obvious that tilts "guy" or "dude" in the female direction for anyone anywhere. It's more the case that "guy" and "dude" went from implying male gender to losing that implication.
The age threshold I've observed in my neck of the woods (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX) seems to be about 45 or so, perhaps plus or minus a couple years.
Posted Jun 16, 2013 16:35 UTC (Sun) by sbergman27 (guest, #10767)
I tend not to participate in groups where the term is commonly used, for other reasons. People I find interesting simply happen not to use the word.
Posted Jun 16, 2013 19:41 UTC (Sun) by corbet (editor, #1)
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