Tag Archives: interest-gender

  1. What Does The Term “Nonbinary” Really Mean?

    by Rory Gory Many people are raised to believe that gender and sex are the same thing, and that there are two options available to us: male or female. But neither sex nor gender is inherently binary—the belief that people must be classified into one of these two categories. When something can’t be placed in two boxes, we call it nonbinary, meaning “not consisting of, …

  2. “She Sheds” And Other Words That We Made Unnecessarily Feminine

    Gendered language isn’t anything new. The English language has repeatedly identified people as male or female through titles and other descriptive words. Think waiter/waitress, policeman/policewoman, and so on. Fortunately, many of these words have been replaced by  gender-neutral terms (server and police officer), but at the same time, some of the latest neologisms assign gender to terms that were previously neutral .  We’re talking about terms …

  3. “Mistress” And Other Words That Only Apply To Women

    It takes two people to have an affair. Despite this fact, there is a clear disparity in the way the public generally discusses extramarital relationships. Heterosexual men who have affairs are just heterosexual men who had affairs. But, the women with whom they have those affairs quickly get labeled with another term, one for which there is no effective male equivalent in English: mistress. As …

  4. Women: Stop Saying These Words

    When we asked this woman what words she thought women should stop saying, she responded in rhyme. Watch to hear more about her views on these two phrases that convey unintentional gender bias. 
  5. How Does The English Language Handle Gender Identity?

    Transgender issues are nothing new, but many of the words surrounding how we talk about gender identity are relatively young … at least by dictionary standards. In conversational use as early as the 1960s, transgender entered the dictionary in the early 1990s. Trans- is a Latin prefix meaning “across or beyond.” Gender shares the same Latin root as genus. Someone who is transgender does not …