Thanks for reviewing these thoughts, Ron. I am in full agreement with all of your points!
On May 29, 2015, at 11:43 AM, Ron Blechner via Callers
For reference, my own thoughts on the terms, and a
general FAQ about gender free terms:
I have not updated it with gems / rubies.
I like jets / rubies, but I think gems / rubies is better:
1. I disagree that the "em" sound is harder to hear than the "et" in
jet. Good mic skills / having a foam pad on a mic will dull the sharp "ts" in
"gents", and thus, "jets". Because a loud "ts" on the mic is
harsh. Therefore, this argument against "gems" is not an issue.
2. A lot of people don't know "jet" is a gemstone, and so they think
airplane. I've had a lot of gender free dancers complain about this. Given that the
terms need to serve the LGBTQ community, and not merely us as callers, I take this
complaint seriously. Thus, "gem" is a better choice.
3. Yes, a ruby is a gem. So what? They're both gems.
4. There's a gender connotation to thinking jet = airplane, since it's either
phallic, or people think the NY/NJ football team, or the West Side Story fictional gang.
Again, the terms are here to serve the dancers, not merely us.
5. Gem has all the same advantages as jet.
I thus think gem / ruby is a superior pair than jet / ruby.