[PDF / Epub] ☆ Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language ✩ Amanda Montell – Thomashillier.co.uk

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language 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 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, 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 Wordslut Is No Stuffy Academic Study Montell S Irresistible Humor Shines Through, Making Linguistics Not Only Approachable But Both Downright Hilarious And Profound


10 thoughts on “Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

  1. says:

    I could not put this down Required reading Or, at the very least, I thought this passage should be required There is a simple way we can be part of the shift toward a less judgmental linguistic future instead of acting crotchety and pedantic toward new language trends, we can feel curious and fascinated by them Whenever we get the urge to criticize women or anyone else for a certain dialect feature, we can remember to think like a linguist, reminding ourselves that systematic speech pa I could not put this down Required reading Or, at the very least, I thought this passage should be required There is a simple way we can be part of the shift toward a less judgmental linguistic future instead of acting crotchety and pedantic toward new language trends, we can feel curious and fascinated by them Whenever we get the urge to criticize women or anyone else for a certain dialect feature, we can remember to think like a linguist, reminding ourselves that systematic speech patterns are almost never mindless or stupid Believing that only reinforces a screwed up linguistic standard


  2. says:

    Linguist Amanda Montell grabs the reader by the shirtfront with this book, slapping them with a title that opens the eyes before inundating the mind with so much on the topic of the way English is used and the divide it creates amongst its users Montell opens her narrative by exploring the role that certain words have had over time in the English language, particularly those of an offensive nature She points out that many either depict women in the negative or weaker role, thereby turning them Linguist Amanda Montell grabs the reader by the shirtfront with this book, slapping them with a title that opens the eyes before inundating the mind with so much on the topic of the way English is used and the divide it creates amongst its users Montell opens her narrative by exploring the role that certain words have had over time in the English language, particularly those of an offensive nature She points out that many either depict women in the negative or weaker role, thereby turning them into the group at the core of debased or lesser sentiment How bitch , whore , and even that lovely c you next Tuesday are meant to depict women in such a negative light, while the worst that many men will receive is dick or sissy From there, Montell takes the reader through some of the history of words and their connotation have sought to turn women into the fairer and weaker sex by subjugating them to the power of men in the English language Take, for example, the attempts to offer a degree of formality between the sexes While men are given sir , a term that has remained relatively strong and the same for the centuries, women are given Miss sounds too young and flighty , ma am sounds too old and crotchety , or madam which has become a sexualized term There is no inherent explanation, but Montell makes it clear that women are getting the short end of the stick on this one.Montell shows the real struggle of gender identity, where the traditional masculine role is dominant and everything else seems hard to accept or grasp She gives the reader some real examples of how to tackle these 21st century gender depictions in language and pulls in some wonderful ways in which other languages and dialects have handled things Sandwiched into the narrative was a discussion of grammar and how it is used to highlight intelligence or standing in society While Montell explores hypercorrection of some sentiments, things that people use when they want to correct what appears to be bad grammar but is actually just as incorrect on the other side, she shows how certain groups namely middle to lower class women find themselves scorned and ridiculed Language and grammar is a means of trying to classify people, though it is society s way of classing people in a world where the rules are always changing What is not right now will one day be the norm that all will follow, though no one seems to accept that Of particular interest to me was a chapter on trying to comprehend gendered nouns in languages other than English and how that works to assign some role to a table or eye in order to make it correlate to any adjective French and Italian come to mind , while English has none of this, save inherent words of implied gender king, queen or those things by which men may feel threatened countries, storms, large vehicles that automatically receive a she pronoun As Montell furthers her argument, there is a push to understand the role of catcalling and debasing women through objectified speech, as though men need to do so in order to hold onto their sexuality, by puffing out there proverbial feathers and beat their chests Montell pulls on both academic studies and personal insights into how women have handled this over the years.Montell is prepared to shock some readers as she explores the societal roles women have taken in English, particularly when it comes to the seedy underbelly of curse words She makes some wonderful points about how unladylike it seems to be for some reason, then debunks it all with some great studies, sure to open the eyes of many There needs to be an end to promoting this view of women as the gentler anddelicate sex, where gosh darn would be the strongest word to cross their lips I thoroughly enjoyed this analysis, as I could hear the society and linguistic walls falling faster than a sky is falling Trump edict on immigration barriers The latter few chapters pull the reader in for some wholehearted discussions on, of all things, the linguistic depiction of genitalia and how this varies across both the sexes but also by the various genders This is an interesting look into how one self defines and the clash with societal norms Montell does not shy away and has left the reader with a plethora of terms to use, perhaps also seeking to buck the trend of how to communicate about themselves and others, especially in moments of intimacy While the entire book pushes the limits of what might be known or accepted by many readers, Montell does so with ease and as much class as possible Recommended to those who enjoy academically inclined tomes, as well as the reader who wants to spark a conversation at the next dinner party or family gathering.In a book that pushes the social norms and seeks to educate as much as it will shock, Amanda Montell makes some powerful points from the perspective of language as an oppressive tool Her explorations are well suited to the discussions and offer full circle analysis, keeping the reader on their toes from the outset Not a tome to inculcate as much as educate, Montell holds nothing back and helps to show things that may be so ingrained and inherent that many had no idea they were taking place, or at least took them for granted I, for one, took so much from this book and will seek to better understand and use words of aappropriate type moving forward Montell s extensive reference to studies and the work of others on the subject lends it to being a somewhat academic work, though the dedicated reader can push their way through and learn a great deal, as it is penned in a layperson s terms to ensure the point is made With paced chapters, full of poignant arguments and humorous asides, Montell makes her point and keeps the momentum going Nowhere in this book did I get a sense of a gender or language revolution, but it is better to know what literary weapons are out there, to arm one s self, if not to blunt them and level the playing field That being said, my head hurts from all the computing I have done and will be doing to be better aware, particularly since my buddy reader will hold me accountable every single day Kudos, Amanda Montell for I learned not to call you, Madam , for this insightful book that forced me to open my eyes and brain to new ways of comprehending language.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge


  3. says:

    disclaimer I am an anthropology major who did a focus in linguistics This book is so up my alley that it isn t really an alley any, it s a highway Or a field I don t know, you get my metaphor.OKAY FRIENDS everyone needs to pick this up an give it a whirl Here are my top reasons why 1 This book clearly and definitively supports an academic reason for the existence of my suck my clit cross stitch Is it lewd Yes It is also a totally legit form of descriptive sociolinguistic shift He disclaimer I am an anthropology major who did a focus in linguistics This book is so up my alley that it isn t really an alley any, it s a highway Or a field I don t know, you get my metaphor.OKAY FRIENDS everyone needs to pick this up an give it a whirl Here are my top reasons why 1 This book clearly and definitively supports an academic reason for the existence of my suck my clit cross stitch Is it lewd Yes It is also a totally legit form of descriptive sociolinguistic shift Hell yeah.2 I earned 100 points for identifying a singular they which I would now like to redeem for a cookie or, like, a hug or something I ve defended singular they for years and boy am I validated.3 If you read it, you too can feel empowered to use language to fight your battles I learned small corrections that I can use hey folks instead of hey guys , etc and feelcomfortable with how I already speak Which is, like, totally girly ok


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    Extremely thought provoking, I d like to read a fewreviews on this one.A sampling of the chapter titles so you know what you re getting into Slutty Skanks and Nasty Dykes A Comprehensive List of Gendered Insults Piss Off Bro Linguists Explain What Locker Room Banter Really Is 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


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    Etmology and sociology of language bias, and thought provoking discussion points on changing it It s hot and my brain s not Let me explain, no let me sum up After scanning the database British National Corpus , Cameron found that when people use female as a noun, as opposed to woman, it s often in explicitly negative contexts Re vocal fry To sum things up, over the first two decades of the twenty first century, women began speaking with increasingly lower pitched voices, attem Etmology and sociology of language bias, and thought provoking discussion points on changing it It s hot and my brain s not Let me explain, no let me sum up After scanning the database British National Corpus , Cameron found that when people use female as a noun, as opposed to woman, it s often in explicitly negative contexts Re vocal fry To sum things up, over the first two decades of the twenty first century, women began speaking with increasingly lower pitched voices, attempting to conveydominance and expressingboredom all things that middle aged men have historically not been in favor of women doing It s generally pretty well known that if you identify a sound change in progress, then young people will be leading old people, and women tend to be maybe half a generation ahead of males, Liberman says.Discusses historical factors like exclusion, which I ve always been interested in when I started noticing that women led language in writing because they were not allowed to formally study See Tales of Genji and western vulgate writings where they were not taught Latin How do gendered languages affect personal identification growing up This is fascinating to read and think about Some words literally do not exist in some languages and can t be made up using the existing language 1920s upgrading , giving a human pronoun to an object When female pronouns are used for nature, technology and territories it categorizes them as other and equally states them as toys and or property In grammar as in allegory as in life, women are considered reckless places outside the civilized male world wild things meant to be tamed into the weak, delicate flowers we ve traditionally wanted women to be Linguists who specialize in the English vocabulary of dirty talk have determined that if you want to know something about our culture s mainstream attitudes toward sex that it is penetrative by definition, that it s over as soon as the guy ejaculates, that men are horny pursuers while women are docile, undesiring objects just look at the words we ve come up with to describe it What I found most amusing is that the terms I use are generally games, toys, or playful Jumping on his pogo stick is my favorite euphemism for male genitalia, Slip n Slide for sex itself, because if we re not getting sweaty and slippery then why are we even bothering Conversely if I m being critical then I describe the male as having all the finesse of a jackhammer yawn He s a total tool.That s all I got Recommended for interested readers


  6. says:

    Well this spoke right my nerdy soul I m a sucker for any book that s going to tackle any subject such as language, in this case with a historical lens, a heavily humorous tone, and a healthy dose of deconstructing social norms Could there have beenintersectionality in the points made Of course And, I was pleased and relieved to see how many voices experiences that were brought to the forefront read this isn t all about straight, cis, white ladies and gents I had a lot of fun re Well this spoke right my nerdy soul I m a sucker for any book that s going to tackle any subject such as language, in this case with a historical lens, a heavily humorous tone, and a healthy dose of deconstructing social norms Could there have beenintersectionality in the points made Of course And, I was pleased and relieved to see how many voices experiences that were brought to the forefront read this isn t all about straight, cis, white ladies and gents I had a lot of fun reading this and feel its breadth prepared me to move onward to further exploring the wild world of sociolinguistics If you re looking to take a critical lens to your everyday language usage or how words are used around you , this book is for you If you re looking for a bunch of nerdy word fun facts, this book is also for you And, most importantly, if you re looking for another tool in your belt on how to start conversations about dismantling the patriarchy, this book is for YOU And then keep reading because 300ish pages isn t enough to cover everything, let s be real


  7. says:

    I m addicted to words, and have had a life long fascination with their origins I ve gotten myself in loads of trouble starting with one my very early toddler prayers at the dinner table Daddy asked if I would like to say the dinner prayer, and I was ready had been pondering on just what to do if such an occasion should happen I launched Dear Heavenly Father Fuck, Shit, Hell, Damn In the Name ofthat s as far as that went as my Mother clocked me upside the head It was a few years I m addicted to words, and have had a life long fascination with their origins I ve gotten myself in loads of trouble starting with one my very early toddler prayers at the dinner table Daddy asked if I would like to say the dinner prayer, and I was ready had been pondering on just what to do if such an occasion should happen I launched Dear Heavenly Father Fuck, Shit, Hell, Damn In the Name ofthat s as far as that went as my Mother clocked me upside the head It was a few years before I was invited to pray again.This book is fantastic, and all of my six decades into this life 100% support the author s statements Through my roles as kid, student, bohemian wild thing, mother, wife, office worker, bff, church lady, jezebel and grandma, I recognize so many of the ways and environments the author uses in her examples, theories and anecdotes I absolutely enjoyed this read.Because of the topic and the mature themes if you have tender ears, I recommend you toughen them up I wouldn t want you to miss a bit of this, but then again, if you are in one of yourvirtuous roles or are mindful that little pitchers have big ears and so do old ones you might want to pick and choose your time for this read And lastly, I didn t read this I listened to it narrated by the author, and her voice was perfect for the message.I Highly recommend, 4 stars worth


  8. says:

    PLEASE EVERYONE READ signed, a wordslut


  9. says:

    Fun, shameless, and loaded with facts, Wordslut covers hundreds of years of linguistic history and today s cutting edge research It s all told through a feminist lens, with an eye to intersectional feminism and hope for the future If you love words, feminism, or sociology, Wordslut is a must read


  10. says:

    3.5 starsmontell s writing and audiobook narration are delightful.


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