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    Sexist Terms?

    saintsinner Mar 26, 2012

    1. saintsinner

      saintsinner New Chatter

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      So I recently got into some trouble for using the word "mankind" instead of "humankind."

      There are obvious sexist terms like saying someone "throws like a girl," but there are also hidden things that some consider sexist (for example: using "fireman" instead of "firefighter" or being called "Mrs." instead of "Ms.")

      For women what do you consider sexist? For men what do you consider sexist?

      Also can sexism be in the reverse or not, because give supposedly have the most power in many society.
       
    2. Naiwen

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      well its because man means the "male", in general, so yes its a wee bit sexist.
       
    3. APS

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      I can understand Fireman/Fire fighter because there are female fire fighters who you obviously can't call firemen.
      Mrs/Ms isn't sexist as they both refer to the female sex it's a woman's choice which she wishes to be known as.
       
    4. wiseguy

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      i think its sexist how our utility costs are named after a man :giggle:
       
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      Sure gets around that Bill :) everyone knows him.
       
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      I agree with you on the fireman term to be honest, I mean even kids TV shows use that phrase such as with Fireman Sam, they never really state firefighter in that and they do have a female firefighter. I will admit to always saying fire man when I hear of a fire or see a fire engine and never really think.