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ERIC Number: ED150588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Pages: 16
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Double Standard/Doublespeak: The Language of Sexism; Toward An Androgynous Language.
Gershuny, H. Lee
Derived from the Greek "andros" (male) and "gyne" (female), the word "androgyny" etymologically embodies the two sexes reconciled in one. This paper examines the concept of androgyny and points out the advantages of an androgynous language that expands and diversifies the possibilities of human thought and behavior, instead of limiting and reducing them as does sexist language. The paper discusses the following topics: the roots of the concept of androgyny; attempts by present-day authors to create androgynous language patterns; the concept of androgyny as treated in recent literature; some differences between nonsexist language and androgynous semantics; androgyny as an emerging metaphor in theories of personality development; the implications of androgynous ethics in business and politics; and the potential of a society of androgynous people for achieving human reconciliation and survival. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (67th, New York City, November 24-26, 1977)