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I tried, but in the depth of complicated explanations I found the repeated use of the current 'he/she' thing makes the language far too cumbersome. Using plurals instead in the midst of plurals referring to other things becomes very confusing. Although I appreciate the apparent sexism, I have therefore, throughout this book, had to resort back to using the male pronoun 'he' to represent both the male case, and the generic pronoun where either gender is equally relevant. Perhaps someone will come up with an official genderless pronoun some day. However this must be short and easily pronounced. I suggest che for male-specific, she for female-specific, he for either or both genders, ie: where gender is not specified.
I wrote the first small embryonic draft of this book between the 1st of October and the 5th of November 1991. I did not complete it until March 2000. Consequently, the chapters and articles it comprises were originated at various times, spanning an entire decade.
Just before publication, I considered aligning the whole book so that all of it spoke as if from a single point in time, namely March 2000. However, this seriously eroded the impact of older parts. I therefore opted to leave each chapter and article as a direct observation from the position in time at which it was written.
This does result in apparent anomalies. For example, the farmer, of whom I often speak in the present tense, died in 1996. Nevertheless, I think that having left this book as an observation that spans time, rather than translating it to a view from just one point in time, allows it to deliver its message much more forcefully, clearly and accurately.
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