DG Fletcher

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DG Fletcher
Posted over 1 year ago
He, she or s/he? Should languages be made gender neutral or be left on their own to preserve literary integrity?
I have "gender issues" or "gender identity issues" or whatever, and that literally stops me from learning Spanish, which would be really useful in my area. I could never call myself by the "appropriate" gender ending in classes. I use gender neutral terms when speaking about myself. To have to constantly refer to myself as a specific gender in everything I say... makes me a little nuts. I like English because it lets you (mostly) pick your battles. Sibling is useful but a little generic. "Sister" or "brother" actually relevant sometimes. I sometimes wish we had a gender-specific word for cousins. "Actor" not as relevant. "Doctor" Not relevant at all. In case you haven't noticed... I avoided stating a gender either direction. :D
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DG Fletcher
Posted over 1 year ago
If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?
:) Oh dear, now I feel like I lied accidentally. Oops. I look "British". I'm American, but my mom traced our family history line way back and all our ancestors are directly descended from British people. I'm the color of cooked chicken. I should include a pic on here, but that top hat's my universal logo across all my website accounts. I clicked your Facebook page link. (Same hat) Me and my gf both read a (thankfully now dead!) hypercritical blog about Africa a few years ago. What I got out of it: lots and lots of history lessons. What she got out of it: "Africa is where people get raped and get AIDS and die..." Her exact words about it were "I'm can't drive and get you when you get beat up in Tanzania!!" *sigh* Kenya's a bit out of my "familiarity" range. I'm aware of it, but most of what I know is centered around the South Africa/Botswana area, with some old history of the DRC. I only know Tanzania from a classmate and that one specific job. :( Good news though: I *just* got back from a different job prescreening that would let me go back and forth to all over Africa instead of just Tanzania, and for shorter durations (so she doesn't get as mad and I can go more places!) and I am bouncing off the walls hoping I can get hired. It's a sales job, so it shouldn't be *that* difficult. Cape Town here I come! (I hope I hope I hope. If I get the job...) Wish me luck! Having read more of this conversation thread, what country are you from, if you don't mind me asking? :D
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DG Fletcher
Posted over 1 year ago
If you have NEVER been to Africa, when someone mentions "Africa" or you hear "Africa", what is the FIRST thing that comes into your mind?
First thing that comes to mind is "I wanna go there and my gf won't let me!" I got an offer to go to Tanzania this summer and she freaked out. :( And Tanzania isn't even where I want to go. :P Second thing: Africa is huge. Absolutely freaking ginormous. People assume that it is much, much smaller than it is because of the way the standard maps look, but the gap between Dodoma, Tanzania and Johannesburg, South Africa is 2090 miles--slightly less than twice the distance between New York and Miami. HUGE! Third thing: the Africa stereotypes are annoying. "Isn't it dangerous!?" Well... yeah. So is skiing. :P I've had people gawk at me because I asked "where in South Africa" and knew what they were talking about, even though I've only lived in the US. :( Fourth thing: I know which languages have clicks and I practice the clicks when I'm bored even though they're not the languages I actually want to *learn*. I tried learning isiNdebele and failed miserably. :P Now you've got me depressed again. I wish I had a big group of friends to go to Johannesburg with. I have no idea *why* South Africa fascinates me so much. I have 90% British heritage and could care less about seeing Europe. Um. Can you tell this is a flash point for me...?