Essay on The Conflict Of Gender Equality

1060 Words Oct 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Gender equality is a very hot topic these days as women demand equal rights in the workplace and are even running for President. This fight for equality is even in the way people speak and write. The English language is increasingly becoming gender neutral in an attempt to be sexually unbiased toward women. However, the overuse of gender neutral terms is quite comical. To write or speak an already complicated language in a consistent and unbiased way is, if not impossible, futile. Neither side of this debate wins and can ultimately lead to separation of people. Cyra McFadden 's theme in her article, “In Defense of Gender”, is about this increasing use of gender neutrality in writing or speech and how ridiculously futile it is and how it also severs relationships between people. This is effectively proven because of the humor, difficulty with consistency, ineffectiveness to include all groups of people, and the negative affects it has on relationships between people.
Overuse of gender neutral words or suffixes is ruining the way language sounds in quite a humorous way. Trying to be politically correct one hundred percent of the time is too much and even ridiculous at times. Just like Cyra McFadden (1981) says, writing English this way is “distracting as a cloud of gnats” (pp. 4). Speaking English this way, McFadden compares it to the “Coneheads” from “Saturday Night Live” (1981). Not many people will want to read writing that is that distracting or listen to someone…

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