THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE….You would think that a man who wrote this:
Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina seems like a decent and likable man, the political equivalent of a handsome, slightly under-ripe bunch of bananas, just the thing if you are looking for bananas and can’t find any ripe ones, or don’t know the difference.
Wouldn’t have much call to criticize anyone else’s command of the English language. But David Gelernter is a conservative, and revising Strunk & White to suggest that male pronouns be avoided just makes his blood boil. If it was good enough for E.B. White in the halcyon days of 1957, he asks, why isn’t it good enough for us?
Sex and gender, baby. If you want to push their buttons, that’s how to do it. Have I mentioned that before?