The Battle Of Language In In Defense Of Gender By Cyra Mcfadden

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In the New York Times article "In Defense of Gender," author Cyra McFadden pleads her case for why the attempts to make the English language gender-neutral have gone too far. Furthermore, she addresses different areas in which gender neutralization has become common, including job titles, last names, and pronoun usage. Ultimately, while she hopes that there will be a resolution to this issue of language leaning towards one gender, she concludes that there must be another way that does not transform the English language into a robotic and sluggish.
"In Defense of Gender" takes a humorous look as to why the gender-neutral solutions to the English language make no sense. Author Cyra McFadden makes numerous exaggerations throughout to prove her point. In doing so, I resonate with her perspective on the matter. Furthermore, by pointing out the tediousness of job titles such as "waitperson" and "mailperson," not to mention the mundane practice of implementing hyphens and slashes, McFadden expresses why she takes issue with a gender-neutral language. Through the hyperbole of the scenarios she describes - despite how realistic those scenarios are - I can fully agree with her argument.
To begin her argument of why a gender-neutral language should not exist, McFadden first addresses the issue of sexist job titles. Furthermore, she attains that removing the gender from the job title would only make them sound absurd. In the reading, she gives multiple examples of hypothetical

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