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They’re aware of issues that simply went unnoticed in my time and that weren’t obvious even one generation before them.I’d like to tell you a little about one sixteen-year-old girl I know. She’s an ordinary teenager, meaning that she’s smart and savvy and she loves to text a lot. It’s sure as hell easier than eradicating violence against women worldwide—but it may actually be a start toward that holy goal. Yet, these words may not be recognized as discriminatory because their use is perceived as normative and therefore not unusual. And once you’re attuned to the problem, maybe you too will wince when authors continue to cluelessly drivel on about the fate of mankind instead of humankind or talk about manpower and manning the helm and how the next president of the United States will be the most powerful man in the world. “You’re going down, bitch,” they shout over and over as they parkour their video game nemeses. You’ll find that, as Sherryl Kleinman, the teacher of a sociology course on gender inequality at the University of North Carolina, says, word choice is important “[b]ecause male-based generics are another indicator—and more importantly, a reinforcer—of a system in which ‘man’ in the abstract and men in the flesh are privileged over women.” She adds that changing our language is a relatively easy way to start making inroads toward equality of the sexes. Kelley-Chew that concludes that “male-gendered generics are exclusionary of women and tend to reinforce gender stereotypes. But what really drives me crazy is that men (mostly men) use the term “bitch” not only when they’re trying to derogate a woman, but when they’re insulting a “weak” man.As babies we learn from language, and philosophers and philologists have argued for some time whether language actually dictates our thoughts rather than the reverse. The very idea that there is a specific insult meaning that a man is over-influenced by his wife/girlfriend/baby mama is outrageous.I’m not going to insist that the strong version of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is correct and there can be no thought without language, because that’s already been disproved. Being manly is a good thing while being womanish is undeniably bad.
Imagine what this can do to your subconscious when you hear or read it coming from virtually everywhere, all day, every day, ad infinitum. Damsel (which almost begs having “in distress” added to it)? If they’re not outright slanderous, then, like voluptuous and bewitching, they refer to a woman’s attractiveness quotient.And the reason for that is herself: she sees no barriers before her forbidding a mere “chit” of a girl from any career to which she aspires. They have an entirely new take on issues of racism and sexism as well.They don’t see the walls that have divided human beings from each other and caused strife and suffering.) At the same time, they are trying to get more girls into traditionally male-dominated classes at school. ) There’s also good news from you, my readers, and from all the youth of today.Teenagers growing up now are different from any who came before.