A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

 

House, for instance, is feminine: la casa.  Pencil, however, is masculine: el lapiz.

 

A student asked, “What gender is a computer?”

 

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer should be a masculine or a feminine noun.  Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

 

The men’s group decided that computer should definitely be of the feminine gender (la computadora), 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 retrieval; and

 

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your pay check on accessories for it.

 

The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine (el computador), 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 supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and

 

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

 

More than likely, your gender will cast the tie-breaking vote.