home what'snew resources ask amy news activism antiviolence events marketplace aboutus
Ask a Question!
Meet Amy!
Amy's Resource Guide
Ask Amy Main
TOPICS
Feminism
Girls/Children
Health
International
Media
Miscellaneous
Most Asked Questions
Politics
Reproductive Rights
Sexual Harassment
Violence Against Women
Women's History
Work/Career
   
 


 
 
Miscellaneous
 

Hi Amy,

Could you recommend any books that discuss the role of the English language in perpetuating gender inequality?

From what I perceive, most of the books that would discuss this fall under the post-modern feminist category, but I have been unable to determine what the best titles would be. I think that even seemingly small things like calling older women "girls“ or all of humanity "man" play an important part in perpetuating gender inequality, and would like a book that discusses the precise role of language along with even more examples of how language accomplishes this.

Thanks,

Britt

Britt,

I would say that the work of Dale Spender should be helpful to you, as she does analyze that. Gloria Steinem also has an essay entitled Words and Change.

Good luck,

- Amy