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Anne Dalke's picture

Just wanting to be sure that "everyone" knows about the interesting and adroit (feminist?) move our team made last week: Bryn Mawr College books performance artist Villanova cancelled.

Also, here's French feminism updated -- a new study showing that young women deserve credit for pioneering vocal trends and popular slang: They're Like, Way Ahead of the Linguistic Currrrve.


MC's picture

More French Feminism

France has, as of very recently, actually struck mademoiselle from the language because of the efforts from French feminists. Here is a NYTimes article from when it was decided. Here is an NPR article from before it happened, and here is a quick Feministing entry that gives us a quick little trip to the thesaurus for some uncomfortable.

I would be really interested in hearing some more conversations on language in class, maybe more on how language as a tool for control? And I don't just mean from the patriarchy, but from everyone- how easily are we swayed by words spoken/read, and how and why do we reassemble them to be more or less appealing.

Interesting exercise maybe thought: everyone comes in with a passage describing a female  fictional character of their choice and we unpack from there? I would want to expand beyond that, of course, but I'm wondering about how much time that would take up. Perhaps just a fictional character of choice?