On 3 Jun 1997, Trina Roberts wrote:
> Sarah King (bapk5 at central.susx.ac.uk) wrote:
> > -another thing that that thread made me think of. My supervisor
> > has a very annoying habit of complimenting me on things by saying "Good
> > man!". I find this pretty sexist and the first time was so shocked I
> > didn't reply. The next time I said something like "Great compliment,
>>> Funny--I would find it more objectionable if he said "good girl" or "good
> woman" to you and "good man" to others. There is a sense in which phrases
> like that are non-gender-specific (no matter what they literally
> mean), and I am more comfortable with that than with someone having to
> stop and think "Oh, she's a woman, I have to say ____ instead of ____",
> forcing them to treat women and men differently. Yes, it's dated, but if
> that's his standard, automatic compliment is there really anything sexist
> about it?
There are alternatives: e.g. Good person! Good for you! Way to go!
that do not imply gender at all.