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Old 09.03.2012, 23:58
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Re: 'French language (grammar ) is sexist' feminists say

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Personally I always found it strange, in NYT articles, that after talking about a woman's husband and kids the article still refers to Ms.! Come off it, if you have a husband, you are married, so why continue to use the Ms. title?
At this point, "Ms." has become normal. I'm sure the Times finds it safer to use "Ms." if the editor does not know for certain whether the woman in question prefers the title "Ms." or "Mrs."
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Thank you for correcting me. I should save my criticisms of the French language until I actually know it better.
Generally speaking, yes, one should know one's topic before attempting to criticize it.

Or, in the case of The Local, before attempting to "write" articles about it.
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Why not just make the whole language easier for billions of students of French and make it completely gender neutral except for the personal pronouns 'He' and 'She' and the possessive pronouns 'his' and 'her'. If I hear anything about it losing its 'romance' then, I'll know this is a lot of bs.
or abolish this sexist, barbaric, garlic smelling language and replace it with english???
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There are also professions that don't have a male form.
For some reason people assume that a nurse is female, and hence we have the clumsy construct "male nurse". And we get people saying "my husband is a male nurse". Why is the specification male so necessary in that sentence? It'd be rather odd if her husband wasn't a male nurse.

And moving on to other professions. What is a male midwife? A midhusband? Or a midspouse?
can we make the plural : midspices?
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Re: 'French language (grammar ) is sexist' feminists say

not sure why people get hung up on titles. at university, when the position of head boy was voted on and the for the first time in the history of the university it turned out to be a girl, we just kept the title of head boy. the psotion/title is just that, not a person
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