Advantages And Disadvantages Of Sexist Language

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What is sexist language? Sexist language is verbal communication that conveys differential attitudes or behaviors with regard to the sexes (Weaver). Language that demonstrates that one sex is valued over the other through word and phrases that demean, ignore or stereotype members of either sex (Weaver). There are many forms of sexist language that people use every day and that I have experienced. People use phrases such as “how are you guys?” or using “he” to refer to a group of people, both male and female. These phrases are used in many people languages and I even had fallen victim to using these phrases. Referring to a group of people both male and female, is considered sexist language because it ignores the females in the group. The article “Why sexist language matter?” by Sherryl Kleinman talks about the male generic terms and phrases and how they hold men at a higher stature than women. I agree with the claim she makes that by using these terms men feel privileged. Kleinman claims that if we try to make female-based generics that it would be like calling a man a women, which would make him less of a man. I agree with the claims …show more content…
The benefit of using nonsexist language is that men/women will feel included, equal to one another and no one will feel offended. I would make the use of nonsexist language a must in professional environments to eliminate sexism, misogyny and to make all parties feel included. Some people do not identify with just male or female and is gender fluid, they feel excluded also when male-based generics are used. Using nonsexist language and using more nonsexist language such as they, their, individual or participants demonstrates sensitivity and reflects a nonsexist attitude. Phrases like “this little lady can’t be the CEO” is another example that demeans women and shouldn’t be

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