Sherryl Kleinman, teacher in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, writes about the underlying significance in the male orientated foundation of the English language. She writes “It’s no accident that “man” is the anchor in our language and “woman” is not.” saying that the representation of sexes in language has a huge, often unnoticed effect on our society “If women primarily exist in language as “girls” (children), “sluts” and “guys,” it does not surprise me that we still have a long list of gendered inequalities to fix.” The generic male focus of our language is directly correlated to our values as a society. Clearly the issue of the “Generic male” is not a new issue, it began when men did the jobs and women stayed at home, like when men came back from WWII and became mailmen, firemen, policemen, while women became mom.


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