Historically, we speak about women as the ignored and the invisible, while the standard of humanity is male. Much recent feminist discourse seeks to expose the phenomenon of the exclusion of the feminine voice in language. The analysis of the corruption of the use of language may reveal this silencing. We see how the perpetuation of sexist language maintains sex-biased perceptions. Clarifying the use of the terms sex and gender may assist in resolving the perpetuation of sexist thought and language use, while revealing an underlying dualism; that between nature and culture. The female body has been likened to nature, while the male perspective is that which dominates; much as Westernized society holds that the earth must be dominated. This bifurcation is examined.
Diedra L Clay, Bastyr University, USA
Stream: Philosophy - Linguistics
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