Poll: Is the English language sexist?
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teenie_mcgee
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I'm doing my A2 coursework for english language and I need you opinions on the topic.
"Is the English language sexist?"
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please, please, PLEASE leave your opinions, be it a simple yes or no, or a extensive argument based on your opinions, please.

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**** OFF, the English Language is not sexist, people's use of the English language and the connotations people associate with certain words can make it appear to be angled sexistly though... you dirty *****.
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Less so than German I suppose. "Mann" (man) and "man" (someone) sound exactly the same. There was even a movement sometime to say "Frau" (woman) instead.
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Less so than German I suppose. "Mann" (man) and "man" (someone) sound exactly the same. There was even a movement sometime to say "Frau" (woman) instead.

I know it's definatly more gender neutral than other european languages, I.e.
In English after a marriage the couple become "husband" and "wife" instead of "man" and "woman", In French and Spanish after marriage the couple become "husband" and "woman", the term "woman" applies to both a single and a married female.
Is it the same for german ?
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**** OFF, the English Language is not sexist, people's use of the English language and the connotations people associate with certain words can make it appear to be angled sexistly though... you dirty *****.

well, intresting. First answer that will be in the refrence section
thanks for answering.
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Interesting thread - subscribed
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(Original post by teenie_mcgee)
I know it's definatly more gender neutral than other european languages, I.e.
In English after a marriage the couple become "husband" and "wife" instead of "man" and "woman", In French and Spanish after marriage the couple become "husband" and "woman", the term "woman" applies to both a single and a married female.
Is it the same for german ?
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Yes, it is. "Mann und Frau".

Maybe think about the titles etc. that just exist in one gender. (ie. 'nurse' is automatically female unless otherwise specified :shrug: just a random thought)

I suppose it reflects attitudes in society to some extent, but some things are just very entrenched in the language.
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Also, what about word pairs where the male version has positive connotations and the female version has negative connotations? For example, 'bachelor' and 'spinster'.
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(Original post by teenie_mcgee)
I'm doing my A2 coursework for english language and I need you opinions on the topic.
"Is the English language sexist?"
I'm just gathering data, but feel free to have a debate if you feel so inclinde
please, please, PLEASE leave your opinions, be it a simple yes or no, or a extensive argument based on your opinions, please.

thank you in advance to those who choose to leave their feelings on the subject on this thread.
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Stuff like "Did you smash it?", care of the knuckledraggers at Sky Sports, and the lexical asymmetry between words for men and words for women would suggest that it's used in a sexist way or has developed to reflect historically dominant, sexist attitudes. But is the language sexist? Probably not.
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