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 ->
Thanks for your help!
I agree. Not all of these are sexist.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I was wondering if "baggage man" was a "bell hop" but I wasn't sure.
...Or maybe (at an airport) a 'baggage handler'.