Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether "computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun.
Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation. The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computer"), because:
1.No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2.The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3.Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4.As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ("le computer"), because:
1.In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on; 2.They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves; 3.They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and 4.As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a littlelonger, you could have gotten a better model.