By: Philip | 01-29-2019 | Opinion
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Everything Is Problematic: With Gendered Or Non-Gendered Language You Just Can't Win

In case you weren't aware, you can't win with political correctness. Things that were called feminist a few years ago are considered reactionary already. For that matter, even the "pink pussy hats" that represented the Women's March have been ruled "problematic" as not all women necessarily have vaginas and those that do don't necessarily have "pink" vaginas. In short, what was a symbol of feminism a few months ago has already been deemed by the court of public opinion as both racist and transphobic.

If you haven't guessed yet, this week for "Everything Is Problematic" we'll be talking about "gendered language" and "ungendering." By the way, "ungendering" despite showing up as a misspelled word regardless of what spelling or grammar check tool I use has been featured in such prestigious publications as New Yorker and The Atlantic, so it must be a real word.

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For that matter, even the Vagina Monologues has been cited as "problematic" due to its implicit transphobia and reinforcement of the belief that all women have vaginas and all people with vaginas are women. Eastern Michigan University canceled a student performance of the play last November due to it's "problematic" nature.

Scott Reeder mentioned that example and another case related to gendered language that is "problematic" from a Constitutional point of view.

I was thinking about this Saturday when I read that California State Senator and Senate Judiciary Committee chair Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, announced that “gender neutral” pronouns will be used during committee hearings.

Jackson said that new committee rules recognize California’s designation of “non-binary” as a gender. The words “he and she” will be barred from usage in the committee room. Instead, all people will be referred to as “they.”

Arwa Mahdawi at The Guardian warns that, as far as gender and language are concerned, we "have gone from making an important point to reinforcing the differences between men and women."

Much of this is feminism’s fault, naturally. There has been more scrutiny of everyday sexism; words such as manspreading and manterrupting simply give a name to behavior that was taken for granted before. There has also been more discussion of women in the workplace, leading to a rise in supposedly empowering labels such as girlboss, a term popularised by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of online retailer Nasty Gal. In 2014, Amoruso wrote a bestselling memoir/self-help book for entrepreneurially minded millennial women called #GIRLBOSS and the word entered the popular vernacular – it is now a Netflix show.

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Language, Mahdawi tells us, can reinforce social norms and "ungendering language is an important part of solving sexism." She makes the argument that sexism and gender disparity are "implicitly coded" into language which, itself, is "man made." As for whether or not sexism is coded into language or not, there are divergences along these lines as well. Some feminsts have argued for years that the English language is evidence of patriarchal bias in language, unfortunately for them, linguistics fairly well debunks the idea that: wo man, fe male, hu man, per son and similar examples are proof that it's a man's world, baby.

Old English and Proto-Germanic roots brought us seo/heo for she and he, and wifman and werman for woman/man. The word human comes from Proto-Indo-European "ghomon" meaning earthly being, as opposed to a god or other spiritual being. "Person," of course, comes from the Etruscan word that would join English by way of the Latin word for mask. If you read a play, you'll generally see the "Dramatis personæ" or "masks of the drama" before Act I to explain the cast of characters and a bit about them.

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Gender-neutral language has split France's Académie Française as well. In 2017, the Académie called non-gendered language an "aberration" that could put the entire French language in "mortal danger."

I was always attracted to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that argues that language indelibly marks the way a person perceives reality. Unfortunately, in the intervening two decades or so since I first came across the theory many linguists and psychologists have rejected the theory due to issues with his research.

Regardless of whether you believe this or not, the issue of gendered language differs from language to language. Portuguese and French, for example, are highly gendered language that wouldn't easily be coaxed into a neutral form without fundamentally uprooting the language as it exists now. Latin, on the other hand, despite having masculine and feminine forms (murus, the Latin word meaning wall, for instance, is masculine for whatever reason).

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Point is, the purity spiral affects folks on all sides of the spectrum and as more ruptures and fissures create new groupings and sub-groupings, it will be harder and harder to please anyone regardless of their politics. Some folks who are all for getting rid of "gender stereotypes" are equally opposed to "gender neutral clothing" as well.

In short, whatever is "woke" this week will certainly be problematic given enough time.

Twitter: #everythingisproblematic #transphobia #feminism

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gusatavoo No. 93719 2019-01-30 : 15:02

Practical Explanation ( For Example ) :- `1st of all can you tell me every single seconds detail from that time when you born ?? ( i need every seconds detail ?? that what- what you have thought and done on every single second ) can you tell me every single detail of your `1 cheapest Minute Or your whole hour, day, week, month, year or your whole life ?? if you are not able to tell me about this life then what proof do you have that you didn't forget your past ? and that you will not forget this present life in the future ? that is Fact that Supreme Lord Krishna exists but we posses no such intelligence to understand him. there is also next life. and i already proved you that no scientist, no politician, no so-called intelligent man in this world is able to understand this Truth. cuz they are imagining. and you cannot imagine what is god, who is god, what is after life etc. _______ for example :Your father existed before your birth. you cannot say that before your birth your father don,t exists. So you have to ask from mother, "Who is my father?" And if she says, "This gentleman is your father," then it is all right. It is easy. Otherwise, if you makes research, "Who is my father?" go on searching for life; you'll never find your father. ( now maybe...maybe you will say that i will search my father from D.N.A, or i will prove it by photo's, or many other thing's which i will get from my mother and prove it that who is my Real father.{ So you have to believe the authority. who is that authority ? she is your mother. you cannot claim of any photo's, D.N.A or many other things without authority ( or ur mother ). if you will show D.N.A, photo's, and many other proofs from other women then your mother. then what is use of those proofs ??} ) same you have to follow real authority. "Whatever You have spoken, I accept it," Then there is no difficulty. And You are accepted by Devala, Narada, Vyasa, and You are speaking Yourself, and later on, all the acaryas have accepted. Then I'll follow. I'll have to follow great personalities. The same reason mother says, this gentleman is my father. That's all. Finish business. Where is the necessity of making research? All authorities accept Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You accept it; then your searching after God is finished. Why should you waste your time? _______ all that is you need is to hear from authority ( same like mother ). and i heard this truth from authority " Srila Prabhupada " he is my spiritual master. im not talking these all things from my own. ___________ in this world no `1 can be Peace full. this is all along Fact. cuz we all are suffering in this world 4 Problems which are Disease, Old age, Death, and Birth after Birth. tell me are you really happy ?? you can,t be happy if you will ignore these 4 main problem. then still you will be Forced by Nature. ___________________ if you really want to be happy then follow these 6 Things which are No illicit s-e-x, No gambling, No drugs ( No tea & coffee ), No meat-eating ( No onion & garlic's ) 5th thing is whatever you eat `1st offer it to Supreme Lord Krishna. ( if you know it what is Guru parama-para then offer them food not direct Supreme Lord Krishna ) and 6th " Main Thing " is you have to Chant " hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare ". _______________________________ If your not able to follow these 4 things no illicit s-e-x, no gambling, no drugs, no meat-eating then don,t worry but chanting of this holy name ( Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra ) is very-very and very important. Chant " hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare " and be happy. if you still don,t believe on me then chant any other name for 5 Min's and chant this holy name for 5 Min's and you will see effect. i promise you it works And chanting at least 16 rounds ( each round of 108 beads ) of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra daily. ____________ Here is no Question of Holy Books quotes, Personal Experiences, Faith or Belief. i accept that Sometimes Faith is also Blind. Here is already Practical explanation which already proved that every`1 else in this world is nothing more then Busy Foolish and totally idiot. _________________________ Source(s): every `1 is already Blind in this world and if you will follow another Blind then you both will fall in hole. so try to follow that person who have Spiritual Eyes who can Guide you on Actual Right Path. ( my Authority & Guide is my Spiritual Master " Srila Prabhupada " ) _____________ if you want to see Actual Purpose of human life then see this link : ( {Bookmark it }) read it complete. ( i promise only readers of this book that they { he/she } will get every single answer which they want to know about why im in this material world, who im, what will happen after this life, what is best thing which will make Human Life Perfect, and what is perfection of Human Life. ) purpose of human life is not to live like animal cuz every`1 at present time doing 4 thing which are sleeping, eating, s-e-x & fear. purpose of human life is to become freed from Birth after birth, Old Age, Disease, and Death.

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NN2N No. 93728 2019-02-01 : 10:53

If you are part of that less than 1% of 1% that chose to dress and walk a different path than the rest of the world that is your decision. But don't expect or demand that I or the rest of the world to follow or accommodate your mental illness.

An Yes it is classified as a Mental Illness and not a Physical Illness.

NN2N No. 93729 2019-02-01 : 10:58

One other thing that the news media is playing down.

In some Liberal State, a PRISONER in for sexual assault convictions started claiming to identify as a Female. So he (IT) was transfered to the Female Prison.

Where he now is charged with RAPING at least 2 Female Inmates.

The saying a WOLF in Sheep's clothing comes to mind.

Shiversblood No. 93730 2019-02-01 : 15:53

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Kenneth Colakovic No. 93732 2019-02-01 : 18:30

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Anonymous No. 93775 2019-02-08 : 00:49

OK for the Record.
He dressing as a She = He-It
She dressing as a He = She-It.

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