= G =
General Public Virus
gender mender n.
[common] A cable connector shell with
either two male or two female connectors on it, used to correct the
mismatches that result when some loser didn't understand the
RS232C specification and the distinction between DTE and DCE.
Used esp. for RS-232C parts in either the original D-25 or the
IBM PC's bogus D-9 format. Also called `gender bender',
`gender blender', `sex changer', and even `homosexual
adapter;' however, there appears to be some confusion as to whether
a `male homosexual adapter' has pins on both sides (is doubly
male) or sockets on both sides (connects two males).
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.