Either gender could create Arch Deluxe


I have a very simple question for Mr. (Jon) Roig, concerning his otherwise delightful article about the McDonalds Corp.'s "Arch Deluxe" hamburger ("Viva la Arch Deluxe," June 5).

He makes three references to the creator of this fine product. In each, he refers to the creator as a male, followed by the equivalent female expression in parentheses. For example, he writes, "he (or she) was a man (or woman) possessed with great vision. " My question is: Why is the probability of the creator being a woman assumed to be lower than the probability of the creator being a man, as implied by relegating the female reference to parentheses?

Neil Singh
Economics junior