A French teacher was explaining that in French, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. 'House', for instance is feminine--"la maison". 'Pencil', however, is masculine--"le crayon". A student asked, "What gender is 'computer?' Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into 2 groups, male & female & asked them to decide for themselves whether computer should be a masculine or feminine noun. Each group was to give 4 reasons for their recommendation. The men's group decided that the computer should be feminine--'la computer' because: 1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic; 2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else; 3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrival; 4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it. However, the female group decided that computers should be masculine--'le computer' because: 1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on; 2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves; 3. They are suppose to help you solve problems but half the time they ARE the problem; 4. As soon as you make a committment to one, you realize that if you had waited just a little longer, you could have gotten a better model. The women won.