Women and Language
Many people object to sexist and racist language partly because they assume that language not only reflects, but somehow affects attitudes. A one-to-one relationship between language and thought seems obvious to those who never question it, but the issue of whether language influences thought and behavior has been a matter of debate in philosophy even before Berkeley and Wittgenstein. Literary critics, particularly those who call themselves deconstructionists, are still debating to what extent language constructs reality.
Original Publication Citation
Bing, Janet. "Penguins Can't Fly and Women Don't Count: Language and Thought." Women and Language 15.2 (1992): 11-14.
Bing, Janet M., "Penguins Can't Fly and Women Don't Count: Language and Thought" (1992). English Faculty Publications. 9.