Omachuck posted a blog today that asks if fellow should be replaced in his context by fellow captives.
One reader pointed out that my usage of "fellows" could be viewed as both archaic and sexist. I don't necessarily agree, but if it is a problem - I want to fix it.
Please give me your opinion on the change from - "I want you to know that nothing that has happened during your captivity is your fault. Your job was to survive and to help your fellows to survive." to "Your job was to survive and to help your fellow captives to survive."
I think the change is not needed. Gender police object to the Declaration of Independence saying all men are created equal. They don't like human because it contains man. Person contains son. I think we are all jolly good fellows and that includes all the sexes. There are at least three, as far as I can remember. Right?
Straight, Bent, Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgendered, and I don't know. Maybe too young and too old for it to matter. I probably left some out, Transgendered may have important subdivisions, the same way homosexual is so broad we need gay and lesbian to be sure not to leave anyone out. And Pointers and Setters for toilet room labels.