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Ubuntu Bug 272826: Ubuntero

Sep 24, 2008, 22:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rikki Kite)

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"According to the Ubuntu Community page, Ubunteros (aka Ubuntites) are Ubuntu activists. This Ubuntero name has been used for the past few years, but now there is discussion about changing it to Ubuntista, or another gender-neutral word.

"Another suggestion is to allow female members to use 'Ubuntera,' but that doesn't sit well with some community members - male and female - who don't think announcing one's sex is the answer, either. Sarah Hobbs wrote, 'Honestly, I have more of a problem having to declare a gender, or use a full name, than being called a made-up word, with possible male-overtones.'

"Leigh Honeywell offered insight into the issue of gender-neutral language, and recommended Douglas Hofstadter's 'Person Paper on Purity in Language' and 'The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing,' by Casey Miller and Kate Swift. She later clarified that '... 'non-sexist writing' is the technical term for wanting to do the Right Thing when it comes to gender in writing, not any sort of accusation that there was sexism involved in the selection of this name in the first place.'"

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