GENDER IN LANGUAGE
My thesis, Gender in Language provides a new approach to the issue of feminist movement, by analyzing it causes and results through the powerful lens of language. It aims at showing that it is through language that one can reveal or hide her/ his intentions and feelings.
Thus I left from the premises that
▪ The broadening of women’s perspectives and women’s opportunities has changed people’s life radically, as men are no longer alone in this race called life, but receive the support of a partner just as capable as them: women. Therefore women can finally consider themselves as equal to men.
▪ However, there is at least one field of study which contradicts the above mentioned idea: the field of written and spoken language
Thus, my thesis aims at showing that:
▪ women and men express and put down their feelings in different ways, proving that speech reflects and perpetuates gender inequality.
▪ for women this is a no win situation, no matter if their use of language allows men to dominate them or if they manage to make themselves “heard” in man’s world, and their discourse thus becoming imasculated
Gender in Language is structured into three chapters: a theoretical and two practical ones.
Chapter I - Language through the Lens of Feminism
1. A Brief History of the Feminist Movement
▪ presenting the three waves of the feminist movement
1.2. Defining Feminism
▪ emphasizing the radical and revolutionary characteristic of the feminist movement
1.3. Main Types of Feminism
▪ a brief presentation of the following types of feminism: British feminism, American feminism, French feminism, Irish feminism, liberal feminism, radical feminism, anarcha – feminism, socialist feminism, sex- positive feminism, African feminism, black feminism, postcolonial feminism, third- world feminism, ecofeminism, individualist feminism, psychoanalytical feminism, Marxist...