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Gender and Language
"Words that Linger" John Fitch IV Column
In this John Fitch IV piece, Cormier shares a conversation he had with his 6-year-old daughter about his 10 favorite words in the English language. Their conversation was spurred on by Cormier's reading of several such lists of beautiful and ugly words. Amongst his beautiful words is "tender."
"Not Exactly Speaking 'Personally'" John Fitch IV Column
This column is one of a handful that deals with Cormier's thoughts on gender-neutral language. On the whole, he seems to think such language is "ridiculous." In an especially telling paragraph, he shares how he wants equal rights for women, in the same breath that he wants women to be feminine and beautiful.
"The Sexes And The Guidelines" John Fitch IV Column
In his column, Cormier rails against the suggestions of publishers that writers be more mindful of gender-linked language - a trend he sees as ridiculous and potentially dangerous to creativity as it could trigger excessive self-censorship. While he supports removing "ess" from poetess or Jewess as a decluttering of language, other changes appear clunky to him, like replacing "man" with "person" or demonizing descriptions of women by their physical traits.
"The Good Word" John Fitch IV Column
In this column, Cormier discusses the new style guide released by the New York Times, particularly their recommendations related to gender-linked language. Of particular offense to him is the substitution of person for man and the use of the honorific, Ms.
"And So On -- Words and Style" John Fitch IV Column
In this somewhat playful John Fitch IV column Cormier reviews the latest edition of the stylebook coauthored by the AP and UPI. In his review he revisits the question of gender, praising the guide's approach as common sense even if not gender-neutral.
How to Use Gender-Neutral Words and Why They're Important Lessons on gender neutral language persist today but are now not limited to style guide. In Teen Vogue, Adryan Corcione writes about steps to take to be more inclusive, particularly to people who identify as nonbinary, cisgender, or binary transgender.
The Push to Make French Gender-Neutral Annabelle Timsit's feature article in The Atlantic looks to the backlash against gender-neutral language changes in children's textbooks in France. She explores several linguistic theories and studies on what role gender neutral language might possibly improve gender equality.