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Tonight - Rosalie Maggio: CREATING a FEMINIST LANGUAGE

Why are women---particularly feminists---still using attachments to a word to denote "female"? Wrong wrong offensive! Those attachments are diminutives, defining such as heroine as "a female hero." Aside from in this case Hero being a woman (Leander the man), why on earth are we still being defined as subsets of men?

1976 saw "Words and Women" followed in 1980 by "The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing," both coauthored by Casey Miller and Kate Swift. Now here comes Rosalie Maggio---who's written marvelous books on the subject of sexist vocabulary and how to avoid it---in the first of a series of articles designed to get the right word out. We've won lots of battles and lost a few; language may just be our last uncharted frontier.

We'll be talking about it tonight so if you have any thoughts, questions, even disagreements about the topic, please call in.

This is Our vision. Not one of us can do it all yet all of it needs done so IMAGINE if we all joined forces-- and put our talents and energies together. IMAGINE what we can accomplish collectively? I IMAGINE it every day. All for one and one for all. Not one of us should fall not one, not one! The Majority United! The time is now! Yes – this is our vision – it has never been done on this scale – 52% - but we can do it!!.