The English Language Systematically Degrades and Devalues Women

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The English Language Systematically Degrades and Devalues Women
It is often argued that the English language needs to be modernised to
keep pace with the rapidly changing societies in the world. One
reason for this is many words and their usages are viewed as sexist,
in that they are discriminating against individuals based on their
gender. In this essay, I shall discuss many factors relevant to
the argument that the English language systematically degrades and
devalues women.

One possible argument in agreement with this statement is that male
words and their female equivalents are often asymmetrical in their
connotations and
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Even the word ‘female’ is a marked term derived from
‘male’, and ‘women’ is derived form ‘men’. This repetitive format
stems from the fact England has always been a patriarchal society,
where female liberation is a relatively new idea, and as a result the
English language still strengthens and perpetuates sexist attitudes.
However, it is possible to argue that this is gradually changing, and
the language is becoming less discriminate, because many marked terms
such as ‘authoress’ are dying out; this is a sign of changing
attitudes in society.

Another illustration of how the English language devalues women more
than it does men is that there is a vast amount of insulting lexical
usages for females, often with no equivalents for males, and usually
with increased negative connotations compared to the insults aimed at
males. For example, there are innumerable sexual insults such as
‘whore’, ‘slag’ and ‘slut’ that portray the view that women are sex
objects. Lexis that denotes a man’s sexual lifestyle are
incontestably more positive in general, for example ‘stud’, ‘player’
and ‘Casanova’. The idea that women are less significant than men is
conveyed in the large…