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Man Made Language

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One of the great classics of the women's movement, Man-Made Language opened our eyes to the myriad ways in which the rules and uses of language promote a male, and so inherently partial, view of the world. Often imitated, never replaced, Man-Made Language has become a cornerstone of modern feminist thought.
Paperback, 265 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Pandora Press (first published 1980)
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Natasha (Diarist) Holme
I have long been fascinated by the topic of this book: how sexist language shapes our consciousness, our reality.

Published in 1980, this is not a light read, rather academic in style. Much of it was engaging, some of it was repetitive.

We learn of the many ways in which women have been silenced throughout history (the taking on of husbands' surnames, that women have been forbidden from discussing marital affairs with other women, that expressing an opinion isn't feminine, the letting slip 'out o
So, the writing style is to an extent an exercise in making interesting things boring, but really the content is fascinating enough for it not to matter.
An absolute classic and essential reading if you are at all interested in how language can be used to establish and protect existing hierarchies.
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