Thursday, March 4, 2021

‘Françaises, Français’: Could the French language be less sexist?

After stirring heated debates about “Islamo-leftism” in universities and meat-free meals in school canteens, France’s ruling party has fallen back on another cause célèbre of the conservative camp: defending a status quo in the French language that is unmistakably sexist.

According to French grammar rules, all pronouns, nouns and adjectives carry the gender of the object or person they refer to. There is no gender-neutral pronoun like “they” and the masculine form is considered dominant in the plural: Thus, 10 French women make up a group of Françaises; but add just one male and they become Français.

via www.france24.com

Je ne sais pas.

https://rightcoast.typepad.com/rightcoast/2021/03/fran%C3%A7aises-fran%C3%A7ais-could-the-french-language-be-less-sexist.html

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"all pronouns, nouns and adjectives carry the gender of the object or person they refer to." Simply untrue. Unless you like a circular argument about what "gender" means in that statement. The Californian use of "gender" to sometimes mean sex and sometimes mean other things is destructive of clarity of thought and expression.

Posted by: dearieme | Mar 4, 2021 10:18:15 AM

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