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Women, men and language to end sexism
It is undeniable the level of complexity that exists when touching such critical issues in language and the way this can become a way of exclusion for its speakers, so in this pair of pages I will try to express my ideas regarding how it affects The language within society, how it has managed to mobilize so many people by a struggle that encompasses everyone as participating in a language that polarizes the course of a more just and inclusive society, a society dominated by men, governed and structured for The men, one in which great women like Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Judith Butler and millions of more voices who seek to end sexism, who over the years have left so many sequels in the environment; Giving visibility and raising awareness is only one step of everything that implies such a long and necessary struggle.
About sexist language I have to recognize the fact that it occurs in all social spheres in which all kinds of individuals can be participants, I include and for which many times we are not even aware of its use and impact.
[…] There is a sexist use of the language in the oral and written expression that transmits and reinforces the asymmetric, hierarchical and inequitable relationships that occur between the sexes in each society and that is used in all areas of this. (Pérez, 2013, p. 7)
I consider that on many occasions we take language as a form of absolutism regarding what things and especially people represent. Sometimes I do not consider the great impact that people can represent even at the time of speaking or writing, how we return certain things, activities or even something as complex as personality or individual values as if they were exclusive to men or women.
I would like to make it clear that I would not have imagined that our sex determined the "role" of people within society, how people would be considered, which would mean being involved within a society that perceives a sex as more capable and suitable to carry out certain activities or develop roles.
With the above I wonder, what gives us the right to exclude people?, to deprive him of living freely and performing as he feels best in this life “Where does this world have always belonged to men and that only today begin to change things?”(De Beauvoir, 1949, p. 06).
The beginning of the struggle to use a non -sexist language seems to me a measure of great relevance since it is not just a symbol of women’s struggle to stop being trampled and become present in a world in which it has always been part of And in which all its impact has always been equally transcendental as that of any other man and the use of small terms and brief modifications does not seem very significant, we must remember that sometimes it is not the message but the form of the message.
Language is a future of social realities that we transform our forms of communication in the same way, either for better or bad “and this change is a good?, Will it bring or will not bring an equitable distribution of the flood between men and women?”(De Beauvoir, 1949, p. 06), this due to the ductile form of people to return their language to their way of being, how their communication is accustomed to the social entities that are modified over time and of which we do not even become aware.
In relation to the aforementioned, I have always considered the great works in the scientific, literary and social field of women who dared to break with that "order" that men had imposed to minimize and disappear in areas in the fields in the fields in the fields in the which the immovable and unpolluted man “some books, it was enough to read the titles to imagine innumerable teachers. It was a very strange phenomenon and apparently arriving at this limited point to male sex ”(Woolf, 1967, p. 22)
“The woman determines and differs in relation to man and is not in relation to her; The woman is the insencial against the essential. He is the subject, he is the absolute; She is the other ”(by Beauvoir, 1949, p. 04), following what Simone de Beauvoir poses in this fragment I can account for the perception that a large part of society had over women for several times where it seems already established within the social strata the role To fulfill and who dare to challenge it must be marginalized, but more than anything it is also as the man managed to build in the woman this figure in which she necessarily became dependent on man and handled it as the center of the universe or rather as The center of his universe. Not only does I try to understand the origin of androcentrism, it is somewhat deeper, how man was able to take control and do so by his convenience to take a life in command of himself and those around him.
Our tool: equity
To conclude I would like to highlight such a crucial task that it is done at the beginning to introduce this form of non -sexist language within the educational field, in Mexico and in the world to ensure that both women and men participate fully in activities that benefit mutually to each individual, as well as the structuring of a society that is fully noted to promote equity, which will come to guarantee that everyone possesses the opportunities to be implemented within society, thanks to a more obvious freedom, the way to relate With those who make up our environment, coupled with the formation of full individuals who are responsible for directing all those around them with their relatives.
It is important to be aware and rational when taking into account the inequalities that have existed, exist and hope free and harmony for all.
- From Beauvoir, S. (1949). The second sex. Paris, France: Editorial XX Century.
- Woolf, v. (1967). A room of your own. London, England: Seix Barral Library Formentor.
- Pérez Crevera, M. (2013). Manual for non -sexist use of language. Mexico City, Mexico: National Commission to prevent and eradicate violence against women.
- Gornik, v. (2000). Simone fifties. Recovered from http: // lettersLibres.com