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Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Svrtnsse, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

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    Consider the following:
    I've intentionally picked two gender neutral names. Do you think you'd assume that the first one is mother, or the second one? If I changed the first line to Father and mother, do you think you'd assume Taylor was the father.
    In other words, does the order in which I write the gender specific words affect how you interpret the gender neutral names?

    In my story I picked less neutral names, so it should be obvious who's who, but at the time it got me thinking and I decided I'd share the thought here.
     
  2. Heliotrope

    Heliotrope Staff Article Team

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    Yes, i would associate them with the order you listed them in. Taylor = mother, Jordan = Father
     
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  3. Scribe Lord

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    Yes. I thought Taylor was the mother and Jordan was the father simply because that matched the top line.
     
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  4. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

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    Cheers guys. Empirical evidence proves the theory beyond unreasonable doubt. :D
     
  5. Heliotrope

    Heliotrope Staff Article Team

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    Carry on then! ;)
     
  6. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

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    There is psychological proof [I helped in the study - but I don't know if it got published] that without reference Male names are placed first in order in something like 70 to 80% of the time, if there was no prompt to not order them differently.
     
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