Re: ists

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Fri, 31 Mar 1995 20:22:50 -0500

The holdouts who call us femcops when we remind them that "mankind" is a
male noun whidh does not represent Humankind are the ones to go after.
What's clear is that they think the male n oun"mankind" should represent
all people everywhere. Ruby Rorlich

On Fri, 31 Mar 1995, Tibor Benke wrote:

> On March 30, James Murphy wrote among other things:
> >I
> >still persist in the notion that language will pretty much take care of
> >itself once the underlying social/economic/etc. gender unfairnesses disappear.
> But it seems to me that the struggle to change the semantic environment can
> be a tool for changing the underlying social/economic unfairness by
> increasing the perceptibility of that unfairness. In a way, the fact that
> Indo-European languages reflect gender bias, constitutes favourable terrain
> for struggle , because people can be continously reminded of their
> subconscious sexism and rebuked for it - sorta' like rubbing a puppy's nose
> in his mess.
> Cheers,
> >@> Tibor Benke / (^)%(#)
> >@> Graduate Student (MA program)
> >@> Department of Sociology and Anthropology
> >@> Simon Fraser University,
> >@> Burnaby, B.C., Canada. V5A 1S6
> >@>