[Crm-sig] Man- based class names

Athanasios Velios a.velios at arts.ac.uk
Wed Apr 4 23:28:38 EEST 2018

 From my short experience of explaining/teaching the CRM in English to
conservation students, the issue of gender neutral labels has come up a
few times. I think it should be discussed as an issue. I think removing
"Man-" is a reasonable idea. Just to also note that this is not a
problem in labels from other languages. For example, it is not in Greek.
Therefore, it is not a matter of bias on gender in the SIG, but a
problem with the English language/current interpretation of "man" which
we should not ignore.

All the best,


On 04/04/18 00:45, Robert Sanderson wrote:
> Dear all,
> Given that the names of the classes (and relationships) are not fixed,
> it would be wonderful if we could rename the classes that have “Man-“ in
> them to be more gender neutral. In particular, this would result in name
> changes for:
> E22 Man-Made Object
> E24 Physical Man-Made Thing
> E25 Man-Made Feature
> E71 Man-Made Thing
> The smallest possible change would be simply to drop “Man-“ and leave
> the “Made”, thus E22 Made Object, E25 Made Feature and E24 Physical Made
> Thing.
> Alternatively, “Artificial” is synonymous with Man-Made, or to make it
> into a noun, an “E22 Artifact”, compared with an E25 Artificial Feature
> and an E71 Artificial Thing.
> “Produced” would fit in well with Production, but sounds less obvious to
> me, at least.
> Other (IMO worse) options could include “Synthetic” (which would be
> strange for objects made from all natural materials), “Manufactured”
> (implies industrial scale with machinery), “Constructed” or “Built”
> (implies a large object such as a building or road).
> Many thanks for your thoughts,
> Rob
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