Random Thoughts

Thoughts While Shaving

by Jim Tierney

Is there a limit to sexism in language? Some of it makes sense and is used extensively nowadays like fireman is now firefighter, policeman is police officer, and stewardess is flight attendant. Others are not as “popular”, like waiter/waitress is called server, bellboy is now bellhop (not sure if I ever saw a bellgirl), businessman is now businessowner  (not necessarily the owner), and chairman is chairperson. Some have difficulty “breaking the habit”, like repairman being called repairperson, salesman called salesperson, spokesman called spokesperson, fisherman called fisher. We may be reaching a bit expecting some others to catch on, like early man to be called early people, manhood called adulthood, mankind called humankind, lineman called linecutter. What should we call manhole?  Mailman? Apparently founding fathers have also been singled out as sexist and should now be called founders. Perhaps there WERE founding mothers back then but weren’t they the wives and mothers of founding fathers? Shouldn’t there be statute of limitations and leave the founding fathers be? Fortunately, the sexist police don’t read the Bible or we would have a new politically correct version, i.e. Abraham, father of all nations, would be called person of all nations?

September 2, 2016

September 2, 2016





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