The Use of Language Shapes a Society

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 8th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In the struggle for women's rights which stems well over a century, some women made great strides in changing the social mores of the day. The plight of the poor is an ongoing topic in women’s issues and women’s rights.

The Fight for Equal Rights for Women Survey Continued

The fight for equal rights for Women survey continued

To make the playing field equal these feminists advocated a social revolution affecting all areas of life from legal to social activities. They planned this revolution to criticize the highest echelon of corporate America for not having women in key corporate positions, or even offering them equal pay for the same job that men performed.

The 1970's feminists also challenged language. They maintained that male domination was embedded in our language and how we use language reinforces gender inequality and stereotypes.

The effect of language upon the American, Canadian, and Montreal culture

The effect of language upon the American, Canadian, and Montreal culture

It was as the godfather of soul James Brown who sang, " It's a Man's Man's Man's World," released in 1966.

Although this was a pop record it sent a message that was being broadcast to the world. It is a man's world, not a human's world, not a woman's world, a Man's world. The feminists of the 1970's saw both direct and indirect messages such as these in every aspect of language.

From History to Herstory

The feminists of the era were concerned with language because language is our human way of communication and the words we use when we speak influence our thinking as well. The feminists in their quest for equality lobbied to change our language in order to change our thinking as a society.

Some would say that they went to the extreme by refuting such words as history because it is referred to a masculine portrayal of life events while a suggesting herstory to show that women had a history too. However, it cannot be dismissed that they did have a valid point. If we continue to use male oriented terms such as fireman, and policeman, we are continuing to perpetuate the feeling that it is a man's world.

To be continued

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