Every artist has learned from those who came before him. In academic writing, do so only if you are sure the original meaning was distorted. Paraphrasing can help show contemporary interpretation of the idea you want to cite:
If we know anything, it's that we must never forget, never let go and never stop writing to object to language that leaves us out of the picture.
We still have work to do. Paul, part of my assignment was the vague request to "clean up" the manuscripts-that is, replace sexist language with language that was not only inclusive and respectful, but elegant, standard English as well. I'll just say that had you been visiting from Mars at that time you might not have known women existed.
What puzzled me was that women had already identified and solved the language problem-brilliantly, beautifully and definitively. Casey Miller and Kate Swift in "The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing," first among others, had proven quite clearly that language that did not include women was not only inaccurate, but harmful and misleading to all of us, women and men.
It was not, in the end, good language. I tried to publish "The Nonsexist Word Finder"-a thesaurus-like book that suggested alternatives for sexist words and phrases.
My thinking was that perhaps we hadn't made it easy enough for people. With this handy quick-reference they could find other good choices for "mankind," "manpower," "chairman" and so on.
Among the 65 publishers' rejections was one that said I didn't really have a book. What I had, they said, was an appendix. The subject was not thought important. A friend who was at that meeting said the book was dismissed because it was "too quirky.
But, as Pearl Buck once wrote, "All birth is unwilling. Radio show hosts used to incite anti-woman fear and loathing by predicting we'd soon have to deal with "personhole" covers.
In an intellectually dishonest moment, William Safire said that next "personpersons" would be delivering the mail. And he was serious. He once wrote that we "have foolishly abandoned the idea that, in language, the male embraces the female. This was despite studies that had shown, for example, that kindergartners asked to draw a picture of a fireman, a policeman and a mailman drew precisely that-men.
People, bunny rabbits and other children were primarily "he" for most children. The world was indubitably male if you used our language, which most of us did.
Does our language treat people fairly today? Yes, in many ways, the situation is a great deal better. You rarely see "he" used to embrace "she.
It's true that big organizations have put their stamp on this movement toward respect and inclusiveness.The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing; For writers, editors and speakers (). Their Their book explores how we use language in sexist ways that are sometimes subtle and other.
The Handbook of Non-sexist Writing for Writers, Editors and Speakers This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged.
3 Introduction Writing is a learned art. It also is a cognitive process — that is, writing is thinking on paper. Writing is an essential means of communication. One of the reasons I bought this book was to learn how to update my writing style. The first chapter, "Man as a False Generic," traces the history of gender usages in the English language.
This chapter did a great deal to help me personally overcome my initial negative reactions to "feminist" language by explaining how English has grown and /5(4). A short handlist of writing resources A fascinating book, Fowler is the best usage guide for browsing.
Because of its British emphasis and age, you should use it with caution. Miller, Casey, and Kate Swift. The handbook of nonsexist writing.