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Feminists Refuse The Word ‘Man’

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Feminists Refuse The Word ‘Man’

Feminists Refuse The Word ‘Man’
July 22
16:42 2019

In the 1960s, the second great feminist movement rose from the ranks of womanhood – the first being the suffragette movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s.  The women launched such perennial issues as equal pay for equal work, an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution and the cultural acceptance of going braless – essentially a popular issue without support.

There was also an attack on the English lexicon.  With more women entering the workplace, the word “businessman” was recast in the common language as “businessperson.”  With women assuming positions of leadership, the word “chairman” was replaced with “chairperson” or just the “chair.”  I preferred “chairperson” or even “chairwoman” than “chair” because the word was already taken.  It is an inanimate object one sits on, but, alas, my view did not prevail.

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With more and more women entering Congress, the use of “congresswoman” became more popular.  But progress can be slow.  A female member of the Chicago City Council is still referred to as an “alderman.”

For the most part, I thought the changes were in keeping with the changing times.  No language is static.  They change over time – adding words, dropping words and even changing words.  I noted that the commercials for Ace Hardware had dropped their slogan, “The place with the helpful hardware man” to “The place with the helpful hardware folks.”

The 1960s trend to make gender corrections in the lexicon led to a bit of standard humor.  Comedians offered up variations of editing changes for exorcising male dominance over the language.  Whatever should we do, they quipped, with such words a manual, mandate, freshman, manuscript, manufacturer, manager, manhole, mankind, etc., etc., etc.  It was all very funny.

This issue has again reared its coiffed head – and this time the jokes are bring taken seriously.  The radical – and too often man-hating – ladies of the left are again motivated to erase all traces of the letters M-A-N from the English language.  After all, we are not just the males of the species we are the carriers of “toxic genes.”

The extreme elements of modern feminism now want to replace the word “manhole,” “mankind,” “mandate” and a long list of words that contain that dreaded three-letter combination of M-A-N.  What was once a joke is now a political correctness issue.

They want to drop “man-made” with “artificial.”  These women refuse to have a “brother” but only a “sibling.”  Sometimes it takes an entire term to replace a verboten word – such as “first year student” for “freshman.”

They have even proposed replacing the word “woman” with some exotic sexless – I mean genderless — words like ze, sie, hir, co, and ey.  I listed several because I have no idea what any one of them means specifically – and I am not inclined to do the research.

It seems the only time these ladies see a use for M-A-N is when they can insult we men with a new word – such as “man speak” and “mansplaining.”

As I pondered this issue – and God only knows why – I wondered if there will be an effort to edit Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, which declared that “all men are created equal” – a phrase that has been incorporated in patriotic speeches by generations of politicians and public officials.  In these times of hypersensitivity, it is not like women politicians would dare embrace that phrase.  It is a pity, because it represents – in its true meaning – what America is all about.

I cannot predict how far or how successful the ladies on the radical fringe of the feminist movement will be in scratching over every appearance of M-A-N, I can only say I am still laughing.  A lot of these demanded changes are more silly than serious.  As serious as you may intend to be, ladies, it still comes across as farce and satire.

And before wishing the entire male population onto the endangered species list – at least in the language — these ladies of the extreme left should keep in mind that there are a lot of us males on earth.  We might even say MANY.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. kbuzz
    kbuzz July 23, 18:28

    History will forever remember the one coined word, ironically attributed to a MAN, that best describes this entire farcical movement – “Fema-Nazi”.

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  2. MikeyParks
    MikeyParks July 23, 18:52

    Girls, it’s my language – quit screwing with it.

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  3. Bob Gummz
    Bob Gummz July 23, 23:24

    Well, Mikey, it’s not your language or mine… it belongs to both men and women. Can we agree on that? I might point out that these women also are not girls, just as you and I are men.

    That said, I am glad to note that Larry did point out that this is the trope of radical (i.e., far left) feminists. They are as relevant as far right goofballs on conservative side. I’m sure that you would be loathe to go along with what white supremacists say or what the KKK says. Being conservative, like being liberal, has a lot of different shades.

    My daughters informed me that their textbooks about “Man and His World” or “The Evolution of Man” kind of had them feeling left out of the equation. You don’t believe it? Suppose the book titles were “Woman and Her World” or “The evolution of Woman”. Would you think the books were relevant to your experience? My daughters really opened my eyes to the ways that language really can exclude women. Or at least, it can make them feel less relevant.

    Let’s us guys think about our daughters, wives, nieces, and female friends. When you talk seriously to them, without judgment or skepticism, you might learn a lot about how they really feel.

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    • SusieQ61
      SusieQ61 July 24, 15:11

      This whole language things has gotten way out of control. I am a woman and I am not at all offended by the use the word “man” in anything. I am intelligent enough to know that using the word “man” usually means mankind, in other words, all humans. As Michael Savage so wisely said, liberalism is a mental disorder.

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  4. George Kocan
    George Kocan July 24, 13:51

    Karl Marx and Frederick Engles–communists–invented feminism. It is a snare and a delusion.

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  5. Kulabear
    Kulabear September 26, 16:23

    if anyone thinks the 3 letters, in this sequence: M, A, N should no longer be present, How you going to take the MAN our of the WOMAN. It’s UNNATURAL. CALL HER A WOPERSON ???? Instead of remarking “Man! is that great!” Are you planning on saying “WOPERSON! is that Great!” Time for the government to spend billions of our money on research for what to do about words that have one sex or the other as a stand alone or incorporated as part of a larger word. There’s plenty with out enough to do, so assign them this task, as long as you have every sex equally represented in the task force you assign. Don’t for get male, female, boy, girl, him & her, his & hers, or would you change all the sex designating words to “IT” Then you will Never know the gender of the person being referred to. Surely you cannot tell by their names anymore. At least many animals & insects have names that identify their sex, but there are they limited to just 2 sexes???

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