Language is the basis to all cultures in the world, today. Whether it is in writing,
sign language, or body language, it is a must in every civilization. Language is perceived
differently through the male and female genders. Many forms of sexist language have
been identified into three forms - language that ignores women, language the defines
women narrowly, and language that depreciates women . Women have been iscriminated
for years. This all strings back to when the female was thought to be less of a person,
since early civilization. It has been the use of masculine genetics that has concealed
women. Since that time we have came a long way in equaling women's rights. The
problem now, is that language still portraits women as something less in society. The
narrow definition of women in language relates to the observation that women are more
often discussed in relationships, whereas men are more often discussed in what they do .
A perfect example is when women are given their spouse's last name after being married.
This is a show of ownership of sorts. Women do not have accompany this tradition if
they do not feel it is necessary. Language described women, in the past, in a negative
manor and it is hard to break free from such stereotypes. In a study of female and male
terms listed in the dictionary you will find many more unfavorable, sexual and
trivializing to describe women that men . Women have taken a large leap towards
equality but it will take some time before sexist language and discriminative language
will cease. . Because of this sexist language, our society faces the consequences. Sexist
view can influence people's perception of women . Research theoretical developments on
language, power and social relationships suggests more subtle and complex associations
between language and social behavior than those initially used to describe the
significance of sex bias in language . For example, discourse analysts explore how the
production and organization of social categories in conversation are influenced by the
context and function of the particular interaction .he use of sexist language makes the
idea of inequality live on. When people constantly use this sexist language it becomes
routine and people start to use this in their every day conversation or even just in their
minds. The routinization of sex bias in language makes sexism more covert and hence a
legitimate way of communicating racism . With this common and accepted racism being
used in everyday life, it shows how men have maintained their monarchy in social
groups. For example, when I was younger there was a girl on my baseball team who was
very good, but everyone emphasized how good she was "for a girl", not a person. Sexist
language is a direct suppression of women and is so commonly used, it goes unnoticed.
Though, steps are being taken to stop sexist language, for example it is not longer a
policeman it is a police officer, still, there has to be more done to prevent in from
existing. Our language reflects the fact that, historically women engaged in public
activity that has been suspect . The whole idea is that when society speaks of a human
being it is usually thought to be a male. For instance when a man is interviewed, he is
judged as an individual while a woman is categorized as a "women" . Language is not
only a way to communicate, but, also a way to judge the character of society . Starting at
age two or three when boys and girls first learn to communicate they are placed in two
separate categories. This separation continues through childhood and up to their teenage
years when they become men and woman. Woman are brought up to be clean, proper,
and always be on their best behavior. Men are brought up to play in the dirt, be messy,
and act like tough guys. When men and woman become their own self and have their
own traits they will then began to interact and communicate with each other. At this time
different language will be shared with each other and many agreements as well as
disagreements will occur. A man will usually overpower the woman with words, because
a mans language is a lot stronger in content. As each generation goes by men have been
more successful and always in a higher power position than woman have been in. In the
mid 1970's, a survey was taken, that is showing words that are used on men and their
parallel meaning towards women.