Wednesday, May 31, 2006

What gender is 'computer'?

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
"House'' for instance, is feminine: ''la casa.''
''Pencil,'' however, is masculine: "el lapiz.''
A student asked, ''What gender is 'computer'?
''Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether ''computer'' should be a masculine or a feminine noun.
Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that ''computer'' should definitely be of the feminine gender
(''la computadora''), because...
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for possible later retrieval. ...AND
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.


The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine
(''el computador''), because...
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on.
2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves.
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem. ...AND
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

Okay, which gender do you think a computer should be?


Spencer said...

Love this post I think your right computers are like men. Haha!

MyUtopia said...

That is hilarious!

Fred said...

Female, definitely. Computers seem to act up one a month or so, and I have to be nice to it just to make sure it works properly.

BKS said...

Well I think these two entries clinches it.....they are DEFINITELY without a DOUBT FEMALE....

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for possible later retrieval. ...AND
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

Now to debate your "men" label.
1.Men are always turned on...might be another computer though
2. We dont have to think...we know
3. Maybe some people arent into solving problems :P
4. I thought this answer would work in the other list just fine too...

Good one once again Lee Ann


angel, jr. said...

I say female.
They are difficult, fiesty and if they don't feel like it, they won't do a thing for you. A rather passive-aggressive sort of demeanor.
Oh my gosh, all that porn I've viewed can be brought up again?

hotboy said...

That was brilliant. Loved that! Hotboy

Leesa said...

I think computers are female - they have changed the world!

rastaman said...

After thinking about this for a long time, I would have to agree with you Babygirl! LOL

peace and hugs to ya, babygirl

The Husband said...

can we finally see your boobs tomorrow? it would really cheer me up!

Ellen said...

Great debate... and great reasons for both sides to consider the opposite gender. For the males, it's la computadora; the females it's el computador. It all seems to fit better when we don't blame our own gender for it's faults, huh?

An80sNut said...

Definitely female. There's no way you are putting anything in most men. Heck, we have enough trouble with prostate exams.

Neo said...

Lee Ann - Wait, is there going to be a test on the subject?

Neo raises an eyebrow

Computer is definitely a female.

1. Every so often you must upgrade the hardware. (Leave that one to your imagination!) ;>

2. When you replace them, all your info is still in the their memories. ;)

Peace & Hugs,

- Neo

Bathroom Hippo said...

I ono. Lesbian clowns aren't really a gender..

Lee Ann said...

Spencer ~ Hey!
1 for men!

Myutopia ~ ;) I know, I got tickled with them too.

Fred ~ Yeah, that once a month thing...haha
1 for female!

bks ~ Good points...boyfriend reminds me that I may have been born free, but now I am expensive!
2 for female!

Lee Ann said...

Angel ~ Fiesty eh? haha Yeah, I saw what you were looking at!!! ;)
3 for female!

Hotboy ~ I know, it is pretty funny :)

Leesa ~ Excellent point!
4 for female!

Rasta ~ You are the sweetest my Rastaman!
~peace and hugs from Babygirl to ya

Lee Ann said...

Carl ~ Whats wrong Carl? I would love to cheer you up. is going to be something a little lower!!!!

Ellen ~ You are so right!!!!

80snut ~ haha...oh, ouch!
5 for female!

Neo ~ No test sweetie :) Those are good points!
6 for female!

Hippo ~ Wow, that is interesting. Have you ever heard....Tears of a Clown?

jiggs said...

I think computers ought to be neuter. but I took german in hgihschool

The Phosgene Kid said...

Definetley electrosexuals, everyone of them. I think it is still all right to bash electrosexuals without fear of being branded a "Phobe" of ay kind.

Rafael said...

Definitely female, cuz you can’t live with’em, and you can’t live without’em.