How Gender Specific Language Impacts Children And Society Surrounding Us

2349 Words Apr 5th, 2016 10 Pages
Language Investigation

I plan to investigate how gender specific language impacts children and society surrounding us. Through this investigation I will uncover how people utilise gender specific lexis to condone and praise attributes and/or actions and the inevitable consequences of these language choices. I wish to place emphasis on why we chose certain genders to assign language to and whether this is actually necessary at all.

Throughout our childhood we are confined to gender roles, both intentionally and unintentionally, by those around us. “You’re such a girl”, “man up”, “you’re a pussy”, notice how the three most offensive (to men) and most vastly used insults compare a man to a woman: implying females are a weaker being. We are becoming increasingly desensitised to gender stereotypes, and this is being demonstrated as the utilisation of gender stereotypical terms, such as substituting “girly” for "weak" and “manly” for "strong", filter into our vocabulary. The implications of dismissing boys’ indiscretions with a simple, “boys will be boys” and simultaneously confining girls into the minute list of things a “young lady” can do mean that girls learn from a young age that masculinity comes with freedom; femininity comes with restrictions. Further, girls don’t “just mature faster than boys naturally”, but are forced to grow up too fast because we are sexualising them at progressively younger ages.

It has got to the point where “guys” is a gender neutral term…
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