degendering language

Sat, 31 Dec 1994 09:18:31 CST

Chuck Coker makes a big mistake when he talks about degendering
language and being gender neutral in languages where gender is not
a part of the language. We do not have gender in English. There
is little or no difficulty in making our language gender neutral. Like
Tahitian, where particular words were banned at the death of a great
chief if they reminded you of the chief's name, we can make English
gender neutral as our society becomes gender neutral. There's
little to it, and there's much to be gained by it. What's the
hassle here?