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Sunday, January 7, 2007 (read 826 times)
 

Blog Poll Results: Is Spanish Sexist?

by Erin

Is Spanish sexist?

Our blog poll says no.

We asked what you thought about the recent storm of editorial and forum debates sparked in part by the RAE's new Diccionario Esencial. One side of the debate called for the invention of new words to describe mixed gender groups, so as not to discriminate against women. Here are the poll and results:

What do you think of the recent assertion in various OpEd columns that defaulting to "male" words to describe groups including women (chicos for a group of girls and boys, eg) is sexist?

I agree that using the masculine word to decribe mixed groups is sexist. I'm all for the Real Academia inventing new words to avoid this.
 
5 (11%)
I don't see a problem, and don't agree the Spanish language needs to invent new words to avoid sexism.
 
40 (88%)

Total votes: 145


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