Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English...

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

Amanda Montell
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A brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us, written with humor and playfulness that challenges words and phrases and how we use them.

“I get so jazzed about the future of feminism knowing that Amanda Montell’s brilliance is rising up and about to explode worldwide.”—Jill Soloway

The word bitch conjures many images for many people, but is most often meant to describe an unpleasant woman. Even before its usage to mean a female canine, bitch didn’t refer to gender at all—it originated as a gender-neutral word meaning genitalia. A perfectly innocuous word devolving into a female insult is the case for tons more terms, including hussy—which simply meant “housewife”—or slut, which meant “untidy” and was also used to describe men. These words are just a few among history’s many English slurs hurled at women.

Amanda Montell, feminist linguist and staff features editor at online beauty and health magazine Byrdie.com, deconstructs language—from insults and cursing to grammar and pronunciation patterns—to reveal the ways it has been used for centuries to keep women form gaining equality. Ever wonder why so many people are annoyed when women use the word “like” as a filler? Or why certain gender neutral terms stick and others don’t? Or even how linguists have historically discussed women’s speech patterns?Wordslutis no stuffy academic study; Montell’s irresistible humor shines through, making linguistics not only approachable but both downright hilarious and profound, demonstrated in chapters such as:
Slutty Skanks and Nasty Dykes: A Comprehensive List of Gendered Insults
How to Embarrass the Shit Out of People Who Try to Correct Your Grammar
Fuck it: An Ode to Cursing While Female
Cyclops, Panty Puppet, Bald Headed Bastard and 100+ Other Things to Call Your Genitalia

Montell effortlessly moves between history and popular culture to explore these questions and more.Wordslutgets to the heart of our language, marvels at its

Year:
2019
Publisher:
Harper Wave
Language:
english
Pages:
304
ISBN 10:
006286887X
ISBN 13:
9780062868879
File:
EPUB, 2.28 MB
IPFS:
CID , CID Blake2b
english, 2019
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