Two view points.

A businessmen, who was also a sailor and being quite aware that ships are addressed as “she”, wondered whether computers should be referred to as “he” or “she”. To answer the question, he decided to form two tasks groups to study the issue and report back to him.

The first task group was composed of women, the second of men. Each group was asked to recommend whether computers should be referred to in the feminine or masculine gender.  They were asked to give reasons for their recommendation.

The group of women reported that the computers should be referred to in the masculine gender because:

1. In order to get their attention; you have to turn them on.

2. They have a lot of data, but are still clueless.

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems but half the time they are the problem.

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have had a better one.

The group of men, on the other hand, concluded that computers should be referred to in the feminine gender because:

1. No one but the Creator understands his or her internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.

3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for later retrieval.

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

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