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    Neener Gender specific words...

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    Ok so DF and I got into reading the "Men at Work signs" thread over in In The News...http://militarysos.com/forum/showthread.php?t=190156
    So what should be done about the word mankind? It's in the bible, it's in the constitution.. It's everywhere.



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    thats a good question!! i dont even know!!

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    I guess add "hu" in front of it so people won't get all upset. I personally don't really care at ALL.
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    Languages were created by sexist men.

    errrr... Yeah... Thats all I have to say for now
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    You know what let's change it all!!

    Lets, not use genders for anything! Every sign that says man... every sign that says woman must be gender neutral!

    Why can't I go in the Man bathroom and I not good enough for the Man room?
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    Quote Originally Posted by little.lili View Post
    Languages were created by sexist men.

    errrr... Yeah... Thats all I have to say for now
    haha you're so cute!
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    If it's a historical document or piece of literature I see no reason to change it. But current usage should be gender-neutral.

    http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/001...9/114950mo.pdf

    I found this document to be interesting (it's huge so I won't copy much). But it addresses some of the very subtle ways that language can be discriminatory, such as "John and Mary both have full-time jobs; he helps her with the housework." The underlying message is that the marys of the world are responsible for housework. How about "Research scientists often neglect their wives and children." That tells the reader that research scientists are men.

    Here's one that many of us see frequently: "Transportation will be provided for soldiers and their wives." Um, what about the soldiers who are female? Are they not also soldiers, or are they not included in this group of invitees?

    For the record, the language in the Constitution was specifically designed to be exclusionary toward women, despite Abigail Adams' best efforts and entreatments to her husband John to " don't forget the ladies."
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    I've only ever seen it as "Soldiers and their families"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonyador View Post
    haha you're so cute!


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    Quote Originally Posted by RockosMaid View Post
    You know what let's change it all!!

    Lets, not use genders for anything! Every sign that says man... every sign that says woman must be gender neutral!

    Why can't I go in the Man bathroom and I not good enough for the Man room?
    Good point... Wanna change all the bathrooms to a unisex room? Have one potty area for both men and women??
    Why can't we go back to Adam and Eve's day and walk around naked. Can't have men clothes or women clothes. Must be unisex....
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