Date: Thu, 11 Aug 1994 08:41:33 EDT
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: Your male and female type cats
I am saving everybody's cattish remarks. Let me, however, provide some
clarification. My mother-in-law's practice does not use "she" for all
cats. Male cats are inevitably referred to with "she," but female cats are
referred to as "he." I'll have to listen, but I think that she may do the
same thing with other animals. My wife, by the way, insists that her mother
also inverts the gender of pronouns with her own cats, not just ours.
I guess that I am learning that pronoun use for animals is fairly complex.
One note: despite joking remarks to the contrary, neutered male cats are
still fairly masculine in their behavior. They may not spray or stray, but
they put on shows of dominance and even attempt mounting. I've got two
neutered male cats, and they are extremely hard to live with--they are
demanding, needy, willful, and violent. The same thing could probably be
said of me, I don't know.
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Milledgeville, GA 31061
wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu