Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Improving Gender-Biased Language

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.

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