David Gelernter agonizes. I don't think the course he decries is reversible, and frankly, I don't care. I agree that it's historically inaccurate to suggest that generic "he" was meant to exclude women. But that ship, as they say, has sailed. Contemporary readers are now sensitized to the generic male pronoun and perceive it as exclusive. I'll also agree that "he or she," "he/she," and the space-saving "s/he" are ugly constructions. Personally, I like the tactic of replacing or alternating "he" with "she." I remember being jarred by that device when I first saw it, but it no longer creates any confusion for me, and I find it a satisfactory solution.
Do you find it distracting when an author uses a generic "she"? Have I just read one too many Cultural Studies texts?
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