ERIC Number: ED172256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Set Them an Example: Sexism in the College Handbooks.
Wolfe, Susan J.
An examination of eight widely used college English handbooks published since 1974 reveals a range of sexist usage, indicating that authors and editors have not reached a general consensus on which practices they and student writers are to avoid as sexist. Sexism is still manifest in handbooks in such practices as the following: using sexually stereotyped examples, such as depicting professional people with male names or masculine pronouns and assigning female names and feminine pronouns to housewives; employing derogatory remarks about "feminine nature"; using terms such as "girls" for women; advocating masculine generic pronouns; and the authors' uses of masculine generics in discussing or addressing students, teachers, or authors. Of the books studied, only one revision, the seventh edition of Hodges'"Harbrace College Handbook," has been purged of sexism in form and content. Many of its examples have been recast to include women in nonstereotyped roles. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 5-7, 1979)