The Power of Description in Manufacturing Insecurity: From Women’s Insecurity to Human Insecurity

South African Journal of Philosophy 29 (3):253-273 (2010)

The use of descriptive language wields great power in defining women and men’s identities. When gendered language is used to construct women’s identities, it becomes one of the key contributing factors to women’s insecurity. This is all the more so when gendered language is reinforced through use in a variety of contexts. Women’s identities are often defined in relation to men’s, so when women’s identities are constructed in ways that are prejudicial and create insecurity for women, these constructions often have consequences for men’s security as well
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