Is it some kind of rule that every “Oldies” or otherwise “Songs You Grew Up With, If You’re Middle-Aged” station is required to play “Brandy” at least once every day, if not twelve times? It certainly seems that way.
But I digress. The thing I actually want to mention is how nice it is to suddenly notice that while lecturing, my professor’s default pronouns are invariably female. Female! Never have I encountered this before. I have had a couple of professors who seemed to go back and forth about equally, and I’ve also had other library school professors who use gendered pronouns in very specific (and kind of sexist) ways–principals are men, librarians are women–but never before have I been taught by someone who always says she or her unless referring to a specific man.
I realized this two classes after a man in the class expressed some relief about not being the only guy present. Sorry, but I have real trouble mustering any sympathy for him.
So I ask you, dear readers–have you been in settings where someone used female pronouns as the default? I’m not talking about sex-segregated settings, where the speaker knows she’s only talking about women–I mean gender-neutral situations where the speaker is referring to some nebulous, non-existent, invisible person. You know, someone.