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25th of April 2015

Marscaleb

I feel sorry for the societies that try to propose ideas that there is a difference in strength for different genders.
Gender is just a quality.

I wonder if our society would have as much absurd focus if it grew with a language with gendered participles. If every object had a gender, I wonder if more people would see that the few words with "man" in them don't refer to males.

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25th of April 2015

otterkit

It's a fascinating thought for sure! I'm not sure if it would help though; Arabic and Italian are both rich in gendered participles, for example, and look at those cultures...

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26th of April 2015

Marscaleb

That's a fair point; the culture itself plays a more significant role than the language.

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11th of September 2015

HiFranc

English grew out of an ancient form of German. In German, everything is gendered.

One of the things that made me wonder about whether language influences thought or vice versa is the fact that German has this structure:

der Mann (the man, masculine)
die Frau (the woman, feminine)
der Junge (the boy, masculine)

but

das M├Ądchen (the girl, neuter)

If you're interested in language you may be interested in these:

http://www.onthemedia.org/story/133095-does-metaphorical-framing-really-work/
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/how-language-shapes-thought/4329212

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11th of September 2015

HiFranc

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11th of September 2015

otterkit

oh cool, thanks! It's an area that eternally fascinates me

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