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    Sexist Language

    I have some sexist terms and I have to turn them into non-sexist terms. But I did try my best to look up the dictionary, I can not find out the answers. Could you help me?
    baggage man ->
    barmaid
    aircraft man
    cabin boy
    emperor
    geisha girl
    lookout man
    king size
    master key
    first lady


    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Sexist Language

    Quote Originally Posted by chuotyeumeo367 View Post
    I have some sexist terms and I have to turn them into non-sexist terms. But I did try my best to look up the dictionary, I can not find out the answers. Could you help me?
    baggage man -> what is this?
    barmaid - bartender
    aircraft man - what is this?
    cabin boy - steward? this is still male. housekeeping aide? where do we use the term "cabin boy" these days?
    emperor - ruler
    geisha girl - this is, by nature, a female. to make it non-sexist makes it non-sensensical, in my thinking. perhaps someone from Japan can enlighten me.
    lookout man - lookout
    king size - extra large (no one would consider that sexist)
    master key - no one would consider this sexist!
    first lady - I don't see this as sexist either, but I guess you can say "Spouse of the head of state." Seems kind of silly to me, though when Hillary was running we did wonder what we could call Bill. I believe "the First Gentelman" was the leader.

    Thanks for your help!
    Some of these terms seem a bit outdated - I'm not sure what a "cabin boy" is these days.


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    Re: Sexist Language

    I agree. Not all of these are sexist.

    For example:
    First Lady: We haven't had a female president, but when we do we may start saying "First Spouse" but that feels VERY artificial.

    King Sized: is absolutely not sexist, as there is also a Queen sized bed, and they are standard sizing for beds.

    Master key: Not sexist at all.

    I would even say that emperor is not a sexist term. That's like saying "queen" or "duke" is a sexist term. It's specific. All countries have leaders, but not all have emperors.

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    Re: Sexist Language

    I would agree that some of these are not sexist at all. But the fact that 'niggardly' is not racist at all didn't save David Howard's job (White Washington DC Staffer Let Go for Using 'Niggardly'! ). What one has to consider is not just the offensiveness of a word, or even whether the user means to give offence, but whether any hearer might take offence. The word 'chairman' isn't etymologically sexist, but there are still contexts where I think it best to avoid it.

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    Re: Sexist Language

    Quote Originally Posted by teacherjulia View Post
    King Sized: is absolutely not sexist, as there is also a Queen sized bed, and they are standard sizing for beds.
    There is also a Queen sized bed, and it is smaller than a King Sized bed. Hence Queens are smaller than Kings, and women are smaller than men.
    You are a woman, therefore, you are small.
    The fact that they are standard sizes doesn't stop them from being sexist, otherwise one could appeal to standards and tradition to justify all sexist language.
    The fact that there is also a smaller size, given a female equivalent name, doesn't stop it from being sexist.
    The fact that no one finds these offensive doesn't mean they aren't sexist either; it just means there are some sexist things that don't bother us.


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    Re: Sexist Language

    Hi,

    Interesting what a diverse language English is. In England this morning the radio was declaring that the one millionth word has been added to the English language, although there is also the debate of what can we class as English!!

    Baggage man - I'm presuming that this is equivalent to a "bag lady" in England, that is a woman who lives on the streets (homeless) and keeps her posessions in a supermarket carrier bag. So non-sexist may be "Homeless person".

    Aircraft man - not heard this expression but I guess at "pilot".

    First lady - we had a female Prime Minister in England but her husband (as far as I remember) was called the PM's husband. Would the non-sexist version of this be the spouse of the PM?

    Val

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    I was wondering if "baggage man" was a "bell hop" but I wasn't sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I was wondering if "baggage man" was a "bell hop" but I wasn't sure.
    Sounds likely.

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    ...Or maybe (at an airport) a 'baggage handler'.

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