Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Machines and sexism

Does it apply in other countries too, where so many machines are known in the female form. I've given the matter serious consideration for ten seconds and have come up with the emphatic conclusion that knowing machines as female is very sexist.

Our last two new cars have been so characterless that they were never given names. Our previous cars all had names, male name but cars often received female names, so much more useful to use for swearing when the car won't start.


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  1. My parents had a pick up truck we call "Ole Bestsy"
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, that is a classic car name from my youth.

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  2. I find it quite easy to swear using a male name. Sometimes too easy.
    You are right about most machines being considered female though. I hadn't considered the sexism factor before. Work horses?...

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    1. EC, this is one post I wish I been able to remember the motivation and what I was going to say. At some stage I always have an end point in mind but then I forget.

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  3. my first car was Bertha!
    strange how cars n things have female names...we will sail in 'her' of a ship..wonder why!

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    1. Margaret, ships are always female. Rule of the sea. Bertha is a name we never hear now. It was an abbreviation, I think. I hope it does not come back as a human name. My first car was Val the Valiant. The second, Archibald the Humber.

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  4. I don't see it as sexism. Women often work as hard and as long as machines and all ships are women and aren't they gorgeous? Just like women. Gorgeous and complicated.

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    1. River, one way of looking at it. Another could be that machines and vessels have to be controlled, just like the wife has to be.

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  5. My twenty one year old washing machine is a woman, her name is "that's my good girl", which is what I say to her as I give her a pat after a particularly hard day of washing quilts and pillows.

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    1. River, Mother sends her heavy sheets etc to me to wash in our machine. Send you big laundry to one of your kids.

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  6. I've named my car GPS system 'Madge'. I don't think that is either sexist nor feminist. The GPS voice is female and with a 'standard' Australian accent so I think 'Madge' is an appropriate name.

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    1. Victor, I rather like the name Madge for you sat nav. Madge would have been Marjorie?

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    2. I've never given any thought to Madge being short for another name.

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    3. I think I am correct about that.

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  7. Trains aren't female, not the big steam engine ones. Can you imagine the 'Flying Scotsman' as the 'Flying Lassie'?

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    1. Jah Teh, only when the train driver finds his train won't move, and then the train is a bitch.

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  8. My car is called Idris.

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    1. I know Fen and I recall asking you what the name was about and you answered me, but I now forget. It doesn't particularly sound like either male or female.

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  9. I love my car but I have not named my car and give it no male, female differentiation in my brain. Its so limiting, the two choices anyhow, male or female, and so touchy a topic too.

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    1. Strayer, you can call it a nasty male name when it goes wrong.

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  10. Fen, trust him to forget something that big and luscious.

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    1. Jah Teh, I am simply not googling it.

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