Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Judith Fischer posts The Supreme Court and Gender-Neutral Language: Splitting La Difference. From the abstract:
The structure of language itself provides ways to affirm or negate the importance of a gender. Of course, when linguistic forms minimize one sex, women are typically the subordinated ones. This problem occurs in a number of languages, each with its own unique issues of gender bias. The specific problems in the English language have been the subject of a movement that gathered momentum in the second half of the twentieth century. As a result of that movement, many English speakers now consider gender-biased language inaccurate, unfair, and no longer acceptable.