Gender Politics Begins with Language | Letters to the Editor | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Coverage for Central Oregon, by Central Oregonians.
100% Local. No Paywalls.

Every day, the Source publishes a mix of locally reported stories on our website, keeping you up to date on developments in news, food, music and the arts. We’re committed to covering this city where we live, this city that we love, and we hear regularly from readers who appreciate our ability to put breaking news in context.

The Source has been a free publication for its 22 years. It has been free as a print version and continued that way when we began to publish online, on social media and through our newsletters.

But, as most of our readers know, times are different for local journalism. Tech giants are hoovering up small businesses and small-business advertising—which has been the staple for locally owned media. Without these resources, journalism struggles to bring coverage of community news, arts and entertainment that social media cannot deliver.

Please consider becoming a supporter of locally owned journalism through our Source Insider program. Learn more about our program’s benefits by clicking through today.

Support Us Here

Opinion » Letters to the Editor

Gender Politics Begins with Language

In response to Bill Hause’s list of injustices (Letters, 7-12) to which men would be subjected if there had been Founding Mothers.

by

comment

In response to Bill Hause’s list of injustices (Letters, 7-12) to which men would be subjected if there had been Founding Mothers, they would also experience, on a regular basis, various subtle and insidious ways that our language and use of words serve to “keep men in their place” in today’s culture.

Perhaps most rampant would be the use of the apparently benign term “gals” to refer to groups of both women and men and also to groups of only men (in comparison to the way the word “guys” is used under the Founding Fathers model).
If men spoke up and voiced opposition to being referred to as “gals” they would be dismissed or derided.  They would be informed that this is their problem and told that because this term is so widely used and commonly accepted as a way to address any and all groups regardless of the group’s gender composition, those who use this term simply cannot be held responsible for their word choices and for innocently and unknowingly perpetuating gender stereotypes.  “It just comes out without me thinking about it,” would be one of the responses they would likely hear on a regular basis—if they dared to speak up and ask the person who used the term to be mindful of her/his choice of words.

Yes, if there had been Founding Mothers you “gals” (men) would be reminded on a regular basis of your position in society as we all continue to mindlessly use words that keep you in your subservient role.

 

About The Author

Add a comment

More by Source Weekly

Latest in Letters to the Editor