A feminist said English is sexist in a Tumblr post. The user behind the Tumblr, known as Feminist Chewbacca, reposted from another Tumblr site called Visual Poetry, which had posted the piece created by artist Richard Tipping. In the piece, several words are split to show that there are masculine words peppered throughout the English language.
The Tumblr user who manages Feminist Chewbacca, going by the username mitosisisyourtosis, commented on the piece saying “men fabricated the idea that they are the default sex to compensate for their biological inferiority and general superfluousness.” She continued, “this is not just the “natural order” this is the language of a patriarchal culture.”
This post apparently got under the skin of a user named rhysiare, who decided to post what he knew about linguistics to prove this feminist wrong. However, rhysiare’s response garnered its own response from another user claiming to hold a BS and MA in linguistics. Regardless of anyone actually possessing these credentials, the discussion is certainly interesting.
The original post wherein a feminist said English is an inherently sexist language did seem to possess a degree of hostility, particularly toward men in general.
This was enough to set off Tumblr user rhysiare, as he decided to debunk this way of thinking with his own knowledge of linguistics.
Rhysiare continued to share why he thought the post was inaccurate and seemed to include scholarly evidence of his opinions.
Rhysiare then finishes off his post with a somewhat aggressive ending. Though it seemed intelligent, other users were there to dispute these claims as well.
Another Tumblr user had their own take on language in response to rhysiare. The user who goes by madmaudlingoes had a few counterpoints to share.
Madmaudlingoes continued with their insightful and in-depth response to the original counterpoint made by rhysiare. They appeared to use more scholarly sources in their response as well.
It just goes to show that even when someone seems like they have all of the answers and intelligence in an online discussion, someone smarter might come along and derail them.
Whether or not these commenters actually hold the credentials they claim to have, it’s refreshing to see an intelligent back and forth in an internet comments section.