When someone mentioned in class that language was a feminist issue, I was so curious as to how. Beyond perhaps certain words ending in "man," I couldn't think of a way that language could be sexist. "'The english language is sexist in so far as it relegates women to a secondary and inferior lace in society'" (Spender 15). Language is the way that you communicate with others and express yourself, if that is inherently male, then how are women expected to express themselves? As we saw in The Book of Salt, it was difficult for Bìhn to progress further in his community because of the language barrier. He doesn't have the tools to gain social capital. He lacks the ability to speak in a certain way that will gain him a higher position in life.
WHAT IS A FEMINIST LANGUAGE