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Men, women, and mankind.

To the Editor: Aren't we yet past the use of "manned/womaned," "he/she" terms to placate the politically correct? I'm referring to "'Unmanned' Leaves Women Out," the letter from James Andrew Smith (February).

"Manned" or "unmanned" refers to humankind, and not just a human of the masculine gender. Besides that, a robotic vehicle, unless it is fully autonomous, is most likely being remotely piloted by an aircrew member or pilot who could be a male or female human.

Also, I am about up to nay eyeballs with this blather about engineering disciplines being boys' clubs. If a person has a burning curiosity and an itch to figure the how and why of a thing, or how to make something better, that person will become an engineer.

I believe that no amount of excuses, including, "We have no role models," will stop a person who has the fire in their belly from being an engineer.


Homewood, Ill.

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Title Annotation:letters
Author:Boyajian, Myron J.
Publication:Mechanical Engineering-CIME
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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