Sexism in English
In the article, Sexism in English: Embodiment & Language by Aileen Pace Nilsen, she chose to give quite a large number of examples and some personal experiences to prove her point regarding the differences between how men and woman are treated differently. She explained that once she returned to the United States from Afghanistan, she decided to be a part of the feminist movement and would begin to study the cultural biases between both sexes in American English. Nilsen was an English major during college and used this knowledge to assist her in the movement by actively studying the English language to locate as many examples of sexism that she could find. She wrote down every example of sexism that she found on note cards that eventually was enough to fill up two shoes boxes.
The examples that Nilsen provided were evidence-based facts so that the reader can understand the reality of sexism and how differently women are treated from men. She provided titles and their meanings and how differently they can be used or interpreted. She provided words along with the meanings, and examples of how they are used differently towards men and women. All of these examples provided the proof of how sexism is an actual reality and how it continues over the years with men in higher regard than women have ever been. Women have never been treated as equals and it shows through her examples. The examples used in this article made the point clear that sexism is a problem.
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Casey O’Shaughnessy posted Aug 11, 2020 5:22 PM
Sexism in English: Embodiment and Language written by Allen Pace Nilsen was filled with many different examples. Aileen Pace Nilsen uses multiple examples, such as her own personal experience to discuss the treatment of men and women. She believes that men and women are treated differently and uses the examples to support that argument. The author wanted to study men and women in English. Allen went on to explain her background, which was an English major in college and she used this to her advantage when studying both sexes. She sees the study of language as one the most important factors that impacts social problems. Allen Pace Nilsen believes that society’s values are intertwined with language, which results in differing views on gender.
Allen Pace Nilsen provided many examples, but one that stood out to me most was her opinion on the word “Amazon.” She expresses her frustration with this word because it is offensive to women. Nilsen does not agree with the use of this word towards women because it means “without breast” in the Greek language. In her opinion this word is used against women to say that they should sell their body parts, such as breasts to perform roles usually done by men. Another word she had a problem with was “teats” because it also referred to womens breasts. Nislen believes this word brings unnecessary attention to women and their body. Allen Pace Nilsen sees this as gender inequality and is not supportive of it.
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Charles Files posted Aug 11, 2020 10:42 PM
In “The Gayest One” by Brett Krutzch, the author expressed his frustrations with immediately being identified as homosexual in various social settings. Without the use of examples, Krutzch may not have been able to effectively support his position.
Krutzch provided multiple examples to support the basis for his frustrations. He did this by using previous events that best supported his points. Of these events, he sorted out the details and presented them in an organized manner.
The examples Krutzch uses are examples from his own experiences, as opposed to examples from outside sources. The examples of his own experiences kept the reader interested while supporting his statements.
The number of examples he used was proportionate to the points he was making. Had he used too many or not enough examples, the reader could have lost interest.
Without the use of examples, the reader may have exhibited difficulty understanding where Krutzch was coming from. Krutzch provided very specific, non-fictional situations that allowed the reader to relate to him and understand what he meant by immediately being identified as homosexual. He also offered examples of his daily lifestyle which he felt do not support the idea that he is “The Gayest One” in the situations he offered as examples.
Krutzch had the challenge of drawing his readers into a situation that may not be incredibly common. He was able to do so through his use of examples of his own experiences. This successfully held the reader’s interest while simultaneously supporting his arguments.