My question concerns this edit to an answer I wrote, but it's actually a more general question.
In the answer, I wrote about "dads" owning or having access to computers in the 1990s. Someone "corrected" it to "parents" with the comment "corrected to inclusive language". Personally, I'd like to change it back, but I'd also like some feedback what you think, because my world view and experience in the 1990s was severely limited. Basically limited to everything one could reach on a bike and be back before family dinner. Maybe it was different outside that range and I would like my answer there to be a general answer that captures at least "the West" in the 90s, not just my little bubble of it.
I agree that today it would be absolutely appropriate to talk about "parents" of all sorts.
However, my text is about "back then". And in my experience it wasn't "a parent's [computer]", but exclusively "dad's". I don't know a single "mom" being anywhere near computers or having access to computers at work. The girls sure had computers or access the same as the boys, but for the parent's generation, it was all males where I grew up.
So my two questions:
- Was that your experience as well? Because the whole point is kinda moot if enough of the other people here experienced computer access to be evenly distributed across genders. Maybe my experience was an outlier in that regard?
- Assuming it actually wasn't evenly distributed (and I obviously stereotype quite a lot in that post anyway) back then, is it okay to remove the "inclusivity" when in fact it wasn't that inclusive in reality?