girls who pretend to act stupid because they think it’s cute need to be slapped in the face with a brick
girls who pretend to act stupid because they think it’s cute need to be taught that their thoughts and opinions matter. so many girls are taught that being smart and capable is threatening to boys and will scare them away. please don’t hit these girls with bricks thanks
Justice ministry’s edict that state institutions must use ‘gender-neutral’ language is forcing the country to confront change
'Many linguists question whether language can be changed through human will. “It's hard to transform grammar through legislation, and even if so, such changes often happen over centuries,” said Anatol Stefanowitsch, a linguist at Berlin's Free University.' -
While language is not changed through human will, it is shaped by the reality of language, written and spoken. Language works as a contract between the participants of a language community, but one that can also be influenced by the individual speakers. So, the more people use a gender neutral language, the more commonplace it would get. I don’t know whether the change has to be as radical as losing all gendered articles, nor whether it’s going to take centuries. I think a first step would be a general awareness of how gendered the German language is and how this affects how we perceive the world.
On the other hand, I’m also wondering what such a potentially drastic change would mean for the reception of works of literature. After all, the language of great classical works of art still influences the way we speak and write today.
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