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Your computer: Masculin or Feminin ?

By truffles
Mar 6, 2002
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  1. Ello ello =),

    Today in computer class . . . one of my friends brought up an interesting topic . . . about is your computer masculin or feminin ?

    well . . . we usually call a ship ... like ~~> look at her . . . she is fast and safe


    we took a vote on what they believed . . .

    most of the females concluded that they call their computers male . . .

    because of their usage and how fast it is . . .

    most of the males have oppositely concluded that they call their computers female . . .

    i usually refer to . . . look at her . . . well i don't know but to me it sounds like what it should be . . .


    how does everyone else refer to their computer gender?



    and does gender really matter ?
     
  2. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 1,145

    I've always noted that gender is a cultural thing. Fatherland, Motherland, Homeland, MotherEarth, etc.

    Technological things are gender neutral, or could be androgynous!?
     
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    My native language has genders for humans only. Everything else is just "it" or "them", no exceptions. Simple.
     
  4. Whack0

    Whack0 TS Rookie Posts: 169

    If computers were really a her... it'd be my girlfriend :p
    ...no need to go through the trouble of asking a real one out :eek: :rolleyes: :D
     
  5. Ai Hate

    Ai Hate TS Rookie Posts: 321

    same here.
    but if i were to give it a gender, i think i'll let it be a she...
    would be boring sitting there, staring at some male all the time.
     
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,568   +103

    Usually the question is "Is my computer broken or working..."
    If its broken I use a rude word which is associated with the male gender, if its working its just a computer... ;)
     
  7. ToRN

    ToRN TS Rookie Posts: 189

    Same, and I assure you I really yel at it. I even bought a keyboard I could hit without breaking it. :D

    Btw, go out with your computer? ...because a real girl is boring? :D
     
  8. Whack0

    Whack0 TS Rookie Posts: 169

    I was only joking, ToRN. :p
     
  9. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    Agreed...

    About gender... Cousin It ;)
     
  10. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    I will have to agree and disagree with you on this one ToRN. I enjoy the time I spend with my fiance, but there are times that I wish I was dating (well my computer, I guess) instead, simply because we are arguing about something stupid. But I am sure a computer would make a WONDERFUL date, if you really wanted it to be:)
     
  11. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 830

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but...

    In Spanish, most words have a masculine or feminine attribute. Noted by the words, El (masculine) and La (feminine). And I believe that in Spanish the computer is referred to as La computadora. Giving it a feminine connotation.

    And as Uncle El pointed out, this is probably a cultural specific situation.
     
     
  12. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Go there..... Go there in terror!

    mine is a dark engine of destruction. it has no name. it has no gender. it simply is.
     
  13. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Re: Go there..... Go there in terror!

    I wonder what cooler you use to keep that Death Star running ... :p

    I'm not sure what gender mine is but it has a serious attitude problem. Turning on in the middle of the night & launching UnrealT is not acceptable behaviour :mad:

    If it keeps taunting I'm gonna format that grin of its face.
     
  14. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Re: Re: Go there..... Go there in terror!

    FIVE hard drives, baby!

    (as of today!)

    And in any case, the room shaking sound of nine inch nails is helping drown out everything else for now....
     
  15. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 1,145

    Re: Correct me if I'm wrong, but...

    La computadora
    l'ordinateur
    Der Computer
    il calcolatore
    o computador
     
  16. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Re: Re: Re: Go there..... Go there in terror!

    And not a g/f in sight! ;)
     
  17. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    I actually had a girlfriend that was into computers too. Often she would actually sit right behind me & watch as I would play games & all ( if she liked them that is ;) ).

    *Didou starts banging his head on the wall*
     
  18. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    yes my last girlfriend was doing a PhD in computing science.... She is interested in PC hardware as well.....
     
  19. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 875

    i never really thought about it.. It is a rattling piece of metal. Thats about all.

    I kind of feel that my laptop is a female and my desktop is a male.
    I dont know why yet but I'll post back if I figure out why on this one.
     
  20. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Please do ;)
     
  21. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 875

    Alright, here is my reasoning:

    Laptop is a female because it is fragile, light, warm, quiet, sleek and reliable.

    Desktop is male because it is heavy, strong, cool exterior, loud, in the way, big, always burping and loves to dring beer.

    Man, this is a whacky thread...
     
  22. Whack0

    Whack0 TS Rookie Posts: 169

  23. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Concur, but you gotta love this stuff!!!!!:)
    Where does a bunch of these posts come from, or better yet, take off into. I don't know how many threads I have seen turned into something different than what it started out as being.
    And I agree with you by the way.
     
  24. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 382

    I believe my computer to be a hermaphrodite
     
  25. T-Shirt

    T-Shirt TS Rookie Posts: 329

    My computer is a machine, a tool, it has no gender, nor a will of its own. i never hit it, yell at it, nor curse it, if some thing goes wrong it's either because I failed to maintain it properly, or due to a manufactering defect.
     


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