Politics of the language  

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Gender issues-I

From the ancient period of the world, people were discussing about the male dominancy in different countries whereas it has become melted down to a considerable extent in nowadays with new arrivals of social ideologies. This male dominancy governed the Eastern countries rather than western world in many ways. The depressed fair sex was harassed a lot in countries such as India by despoiling their human rights through dedications like “SATHIPUJA”. This male dominancy was not observed in the language in those days since there were crucial areas rather than language. The feminism movement was formed against these practices in different ways in the world with various goals.

This small article is to emphasize the mail dominancy which was not yet observed in the language.

Perhaps conventional grammarians will get irritated with this observation due to the convention breakdown of their schools. Even though the western English grammarians have compiled English grammar in a clear cut manner, it is a bit impossible job to find scientific studies in those. English nouns are considered as a compulsory part of the speech out of eight parts of speech. Nouns have been defined under four categories in gender as masculine, feminine, common and neuter; here the foremost concerns are masculine and feminine nouns in this nouns category. There are two specific places that are governed the male dominancy of this grammar lesson: when gender nouns are defined by grammarians; masculine has been taken first, any way that can be considered as a coincident but rules have been applied to masculine nouns in order to make them feminine by showing the male dominancy of the grammarians and the language. No any rule has been applied to feminine nouns in order to make them masculine.

A few rule applications can be considered in support of this gender issue here: a rule has been put forward to make feminine nouns through masculine by adding ‘ess’ suffix to the masculine;

e.g.: Lion - lioness

Actor - actress

Director - directress

Author - authoress

Poet - poetess

Some certain masculine forms out of the given examples have dropped out of the use in modern English but most of these are ruling the language until the present time. This is the foremost place that the male dominancy governs.

There were some certain movements in the world that fought against the mail dominancy and gender discriminations but this language fact was not seriously taken into their account. Visibly it doesn’t make physical ill treatments to females as it seems but a critical exclusion can be recognized through the language over here. For instance, these feminine words are not able to be formed without having masculine roots. It reflects the dependability of fair sex due to the gender fact. Feminism movement is the foremost driven force that fought for the gender parity in various forms in the world. Basically they were focusing on equal rights that were not well defined clearly what they are, in their studies. This feminism movement had some splits such as liberal feminists, Marxist feminists, radical feminists and later psychological feminists, post modern or post structural feminists, black feminists and so on. Their concerns were having contradictions in contrasting their ideologies each other. The concerns of radical and Marxist feminists were quite similar and they were not totally focusing on the gender fact but the oppressed social class.

As they believed, as long as these social classes exist as oppressed and oppressor, gender discrimination goes on continuously. Once this social difference came to the end, oppressed feminine also will get free from the oppression.

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