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    What do you mean by gender neutrality in English?

    When I am browsing through the net I came across certain statements Gender neutrality in English and there are languages without any gender. Chinese, Estonian, Finnish, Armenian, Persian, Japanese, Korean, and Central Kurdish are genderless languages. I also came across words like grammatically gendered and grammatically non-gendered. Are all our Indian languages non-gendered languages or gender languages? Editor, teacher, spouse, legislator, actor, etc. are gender-neutral words in English. I request members with this topic proficiency can give explanations with examples to understand these issues in a simple way.
  • #717771
    English is not a gender neutrality language. But it has words of gender neutrality as indicated by the author. Since God has created only two genders(male & female) a language should also have two genders for clear understanding. A language with gender neutrality would be difficult to understand. Tamil is an ancient language that has no gender neutrality. But certain words are gender neutral.
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  • #717777
    There are some languages like Chinese where most of the times the language has no gender bias and from the sentence it will not be possible to find out whether it is being said for the females or males. However in many other languages like English, Hindi etc such distinction clearly exists. In Hindi it is so conspicuous. For example - In Hindi 'Woh jata hai' means 'He goes' while 'Woh jati hai' means 'She goes'. So from the verb 'jata' or 'jati' we get a clear idea about gender.
    Even if a language is having gender bias we can use the words which are gender neutral. For example in English we can use 'Chairperson' in place of 'Chairman'. Other examples are 'Flight attendant' in place of 'Stewardess' and 'Common person' in place of 'Common man'.
    So, the main idea is that the bias towards the male is to be removed and that will bring the gender neutrality in those writings. Some writers keep this in mind while creating their work.

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  • #717799
    A Teacher can be a male teacher or a female teacher. So when we say teacher we can't identify the gender of the teacher. Similarly, a doctor is also a gender-neutral word. We say the male doctor and the female doctor to identify the gender. Like this, we will find some words in some languages. In Telugu, even a male teacher is called 'Upadhyaudu' and a female teacher is called ' Upadhauralu;.Thief is another word in English which is a gender-neutral word. Lady thief or male thief we have to say to identify the gender. Even Hindi also is not a gender-neutral language.
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  • #717815
    Words which differentiate genders in any language is the beauty of that language. Some languages which have been mentioned by some users have no gender segregation-words is an interesting point.
    In English some more common words used for both genders may be added in this list like Manager, player, person, teacher, guard, guide, partisan, mediator, worker, etc, and
    almost all adjectives are used for both genrers like charlatan, naive, brave, fool, intelligent, moderator, liar, happy, sad, weak, impartial, smart etc

  • #718083
    This world was a man dominated society and that was the reason why certain words were used in that gender only and it was never felt that same could be used for females also and due to that anomaly different languages have different ways of covering the words used for different genders or in their context.
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