Can gender-fair language reduce gender stereotyping and discrimination?

Sczesny, Sabine; Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria; Moser, Franziska (2016). Can gender-fair language reduce gender stereotyping and discrimination? Frontiers in psychology, 7(25), pp. 1-11. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00025

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Gender-fair language (GFL) aims at reducing gender stereotyping and discrimination. Two principle strategies have been employed to make languages gender-fair and to treat women and men symmetrically: neutralization and feminization. Neutralization is achieved, for example, by replacing male-masculine forms (policeman) with gender-unmarked forms (police officer), whereas feminization relies on the use of feminine forms to make female referents visible (i.e., the applicant… he or she instead of the applicant… he). By integrating research on (1) language structures, (2) language policies, and (3) individual language behavior, we provide a critical review of how GFL contributes to the reduction of gender stereotyping and discrimination. Our review provides a basis for future research and for scientifically based policy-making.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Sczesny, Sabine; Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria and Moser, Franziska

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1664-1078

Publisher:

Frontiers Research Foundation

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Marie Curie Initial Training Network: Language, Cognition, and Gender, ITN LCG

Language:

English

Submitter:

Magdalena Maria Formanowicz

Date Deposited:

16 Mar 2016 13:01

Last Modified:

19 Jan 2017 16:24

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00025

PubMed ID:

26869947

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.79139

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/79139

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