[Ads-l] fines for saying "you guys" to mixed groups?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jun 12 00:08:24 UTC 2015


> On Jun 11, 2015, at 7:28 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 6:46 PM, Geoffrey Nunberg <
> nunberg at ischool.berkeley.edu> quoted:
> 
>> "We didn't invent the idea, though I'm not sure where we first heard about
>> it," reads the company's explanation on Tumblr. "But the idea is: if you
>> believe that using the word 'guys' to describe a mixed-gender group of
>> individuals is creeping sexism, and are trying to eliminate that word from
>> your casual use, you put a dollar in the jar every time you do it
>> accidentally."
>> 
> 
> What if you don't believe that using the word "guys" to describe a
> mixed-gender group of individuals is creeping sexism, and are not trying to
> eliminate that word from your casual use?

I take it that's why the fine is conditional:  *if* you believe it's sexist and *if* you're trying to cut out/down on your own use of it for mixed groups (or all-female groups, if such actually exist at a tech start-up), *then* you put a dollar in the jar.  Presumably if you don't, then you don't,

LH
> What do you do every time that you do it on purpose?
> 
> Will "y'all"/"you"/"you-all" be included, if there are women in the group
> whose birth-language is a Semitic - or should that be "Semetic"? - language?
> 
> Will the "nigger" excuse be allowed into play?
> 
> When I use "you guys," Mary, I don't intend it to reference well-educated,
> job-holding, classy woman-Americans like you, of course. I apply it only to
> unmarried mothers, bag-ladies, school-teachers, welfare-queens, and other
> such embarrassments to your gender. You'll agree with me on that, I'm sure.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> -Wilson
> -----
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> -Mark Twain
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