A note from Meredith: A handful of Boston Globe readers reached out to me last week to ask whether I was sure about the gender of last Saturday’s letter writer. The headline and my answer referred to the letter writer as a “she,” even though the writer in question didn’t use any specific pronouns. The answer is: Yes, in last week’s case, I did know that the letter writer was a woman, and it was no big secret. In some cases, I just don’t know the gender of the day’s letter writer. In others, the letter writer is clear about gender identity. Sometimes letter writers are intentionally vague to protect their privacy. Sometimes I can even see pictures of the letter writers when they send me personal e-mails (which is weird). I try to give you as much information as I can and to be as accurate as possible. In last Saturday’s case, I don’t think that gender influenced my advice. But I’m happy you asked, and thanks for reading so closely and thoughtfully.
October 25, 2012
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