In contemporary society I believe there is, and should be, a tendency away from insisting on binary gender distinctions. This package makes me wonder what its purpose is. If people want to tell you their gender, let them tell you, and if not, leave it alone. Further, the most progressive thinking is that people identify themselves as whatever gender they deem appropriate, if any. Making assumptions on them based on their name seems regressive. Finally, the male/female binary opposition itself should no longer be regarded as sacrosanct. Some countries officially recognize this by, for example, designing passport application forms that provide the options "male," "female," and "other."
David Mintz - 2017-07-26 14:05:10 - In reply to message 2 from Peter Kahl
OMG! sorry, I had no idea. I apparently overlooked that in the description. Thank you for enlightening me. I am appropriately embarrassed.
Totally agree, as a native English speaker who is fluent in Spanish and has studied French and German, that this could be very useful indeed. Some languages have rules governing the gender of nouns that you can count on, but others are really tricky.