I see on AskMe all the time, whenever someone refers to an adult of the female gender as a "girl," several people will immediately pop up to sternly correct them. I've come to accept this as part of the site culture here, and keep it in mind for my own questions and comments, but it quite honestly seems bizarre based on my own life experience. I'm curious how common this view actually is, and whether people actually stick to it in real life. [more inside]
I was reading this comment by KathrynT about men's perceptions of women in groups being equal in number when the no. of women is 17%, women having to comprise over 80% of group members to get equal speaking time with men. I'd really like to know where this came from, about gender and language more widely, gender and misperceptions generally. I'm looking for book recommendations but am also interested in anything else you think is a good resource - blogs, articles etc. [more inside]
Anti-feminists seem to often use the word "female" in the noun form, in places where people would ordinarily just use "women." (I don't want to spend a lot of time hunting up evidence of this, but here are some examples. There's also this and this.) I'm curious to know how/why this became a thing -- for example, I've wondered if it has something to do with military or police usage, because those are the only places I've previously noticed women being referred to as females. Does anybody know?
I've heard that men don't like questions. I'm a woman and would like to have better relationships with the men in my life. Give me some examples of ways to rephrase questions into statements, directives or imperatives. [more inside]
Are grammatical genders, as a rule, consistent across the Indo-European languages which use them? [more inside]
Case endings and gender in language: why? [more inside]
What gender do newly-invented things have in languages where things have genders? [more inside]
In languages where nouns have a gender, how is the gender determined for neologisms or loanwords? [more inside]
Is it acceptable and PC to refer to grown-up women as girls in this context? Does it say something about the person who does it? [more inside]
What's the gender-neutral equivalent to "Sir" and "Ma'am"? [more inside]
When did adults in Western countries decrease using man/woman when speaking about themselves, e.g. describing their gender? How came this to be? [more inside]
Searching for a gender neutral term for Aunt/Uncle? [more inside]
What is the function of gendered articles of nouns in (German|Spanish|etc)? [more inside]
In America, there's a trend towards making the English language more gender-neutral. However, it seems that English is already one of the world's more androgynous languages. Is there an effort to make other languages more gender-neutral, or is it just American English?
Please explain to a clueless person how genders are decided in French language... [more inside]