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

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jun 12 16:46:02 UTC 2015

      From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
 Sent: Friday, June 12, 2015 11:45 AM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] fines for saying "you guys" to mixed groups?

Here's an apposite passage from another book of his, in which he strenuously objects to the use of sex-neutral (or female-referring) "guys" in either vocative or referential contexts, and calling out "the friendly male and female swim and gym teachers" who "address the children, even in their all-girl classes, as 'you guys' in nearly every sentence they utter, thus subliminally inculcating in their innocent and malleable charges, from a very tender age on, that _being a guy_ is what one really wants in this world."  

Guy = athlete (at least potentially)in the minds of Phys. Ed. teachers, coaches, etc.  

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