Computer.. male or female???  

MarcySullivan 53F
2234 posts
8/15/2006 4:59 pm

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Computer.. male or female???

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

"House" for instance, is feminine: "la casa."

"Pencil," however, is masculine: "el lapiz."

A student asked, "What gender is 'computer'?"

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether
"computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun.

Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computadora"), 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 retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.


The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ("el computador"), because:

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

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; and

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.

The women won


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rm_PurryKitty2 49M/51F
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8/15/2006 5:54 pm


Purry {=}


rm_dosrev 40M
1991 posts
8/15/2006 6:41 pm

I call bullshit on the last line.

The women's reasons are totall bullshit;
-If I'm turned on I only want to do ONE thing.
-Computers HAVE started thinking for themselves. Advances in AI are amazing, don't agre with me, go talk to Gary Kasparov.
-The problem one is a total cop out. Just because 90% of computer owners don't know how to use them effectively doesn't make it the fault of the computer.
-The commitment one.... Well, ok, you got me there.

But the men's answers are FAR superior to the womens

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MarcySullivan replies on 8/15/2006 6:54 pm:
Just with the commitment one it beats the men's answers


rm_sexxikritter 53F
2715 posts
8/15/2006 9:49 pm

BlackHeatLust 48M

8/15/2006 10:46 pm

I beleive that there will be more women than men who like this post so in the famous concept of conceeding defeat to the women I will
down to ya ladies.

MarcySullivan replies on 8/16/2006 4:50 am:
You know the way huh?? I love a bright man!!!!


OrionsAdventures 39M

8/16/2006 10:26 am

I actually really loved your post, extremly funny.
And to say all the answers the kids gave are all true. The computer is in my experience (10year as a computer tech) A sexuel neither male or female. The more you know about them the more you can do. The same goes for both sexes. lollll

MarcySullivan replies on 8/16/2006 11:55 am:
Well thank you for your expert opinion


rm_foo_cire_el2 36M
100 posts
8/17/2006 4:22 pm

I agree that computer should be masculine, but for a different reason.

Simply put, the vast majority of the people directly involved with software development (the single greatest influence on computers nowadways) are men. As one of my personal favourite saying goes, if you want to pick a program at university where you can meet lots of women, you don't go into computer sciences .

I would guess its similar for hardware, although I could not say for sure because thats not my field . I would say its very probable.

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