Sexist language : terms of reference for women and men / Ramesh Nair

Nair, Ramesh (2005) Sexist language : terms of reference for women and men / Ramesh Nair. Journal of Language Studies, 1. pp. 75-88. ISSN 1823-6154

Abstract

This study analyses the usage of various terms of reference for women and men in two local English language magazines. The magazines were selected to represent local magazines that have a gender specific audience in mind. This study is specifically aimed at identifying terms of reference that are sexist. A questionnaire was posed to investigate how respondents viewed terms of reference which western feminists and linguists consider sexist. The analysis reveals that more sexist terms are used to refer to women than to men. Interestingly, the analysis also shows that the respondents did not concur with western feminists on what should be regarded as sexist language.

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Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsID Num.
Nair, RameshUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > Sexism in language
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > Communication. Mass media > Sexism in communication
P Language and Literature > PE English language > Malaysia
Divisions: Academy of Language Studies
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Language Studies
ISSN: 1823-6154
Volume: 1
Page Range: pp. 75-88
Item ID: 11457
Uncontrolled Keywords: English language, Women, Men, Sexism
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/11457

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