The focus of the list is on authority records and my point is that if
gender is to be included in authority records, it will require a great
attention to handle this highly complex question. The fact that the
> > > > What gender is "George Eliot"?
came on the list is an indication of the complexity of this issue.
> "George Eliot" [...] was deliberately crafted
Maybe I shouldn't have taken for granted that we all knew a little about
George Eliot, but on the other hand, I don't consider that the person who
wrote the question about George Eliot's gender made any mistake when
assuming that we all had (or at least easily could find) some information
about the question of George Eliot's gender. My point was and still is
that gender is a very complex social construction and unsurprisingly not
seldom changing over time because societies are ever changing. This
reasoning applies of course even for pseudonyms and »crafted»
personalities of all kinds. Of course, this complexity needs to be taken
into account when designing authority records.