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.