Unformatted text preview: Page xiv to generic individuals. "They" has many merits as a singular pronoun, although its use can lead to ambiguities (and complaints from editors). My preference is to use "she" for all individuals. Obviously this usage is not gender- neutral, but its use for a few decades, after a couple of centuries in which "he" has dominated, seems likely only to help to eliminate sexist ways of thought. If such usage diverts some readers' attentions from the subjects discussed in this book and leads them to contemplate sexism in the use of language, which is surely an issue at least as significant as the minutiae of sequential equilibrium, then an increase in social welfare will have been achieved. (Whether or not this book qualifies as "academic material", I see no reason why its readers should be treated differently from those of any other material.) To conclude, we both feel strongly on this issue; we both regard the compromise that we have reached as highly unsatisfactory. When referring to specific individuals, we sometimes use "he" and sometimes "she". For example, unsatisfactory....
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2011 for the course DEFR 090234589 taught by Professor Vinh during the Spring '10 term at Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus.
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