Active Language and Feminism

Words are changing. Some resist the waves, saying that the language is already inclusive and should not be messed with. No matter what we think. It is mutating. Young people are looking for ways to express themselves and if we don’t go with them we are just going to be left behind, obsolete, archaic, useless and, as it is happening as we speak, misunderstood.

The first scandal was when people who identified outside the typical gender started using other pronouns than the ones assigned at birth. It even caused a stir the use of the pronoun she instead of he when the sex of for example, a baby, was not known. That’s all settle, or at least, up and running, either we agree with it or not. And now something else is happening, something truly logical, the active language. I can see something beautiful about changing back from passive language to an active voice. Because it is only speaking in active in which we put the emphasis on the person who performs the action, we make that person the subject, the focus, instead of passive where we look at the person, the subject, receptor of the action. This is so important because this little detail —one might think— has been a primary cause for victim-blaming: ‘Drunk woman found dead in her ex-boyfriend’s apartment’, instead of: ‘A violent man killed his unconscious ex-partner’. The correct wording could change everything, especially within the legal system, that, as well, has not been able to put up to the world spinning so fast. We still see plenty of acquittals based on myths and stereotypes that have influenced the evaluation of evidence by the judge. This misbelieves by the people imparting justice is basically also based on the wrong wording of the facts: ‘Unproperly dressed lady was attacked on the street’, instead of ‘A perpetrator raped a woman on the street’, could lead to harsher sentences and less not guilty. It could also change everything for women who have been raped being unconscious and still have had to explain themselves. ‘Violence against women’, ‘human trafficking’, are also changing: ‘Misogynist violence’, ‘human slavery’ are better terms. Society is getting tired of seeing perpetrators walking free, and one has always asked herself. What can I do to change it? This might be a good idea.  Story to continue. Luz

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