Type Essay
Date 1983-09
Pages 14
Tags sexism, racism, language, satire

A Person Paper on Purity in Language

This satire reproduces the argument of those who complain that removing grammatical gender is unnecessary and unreasonable, except it exchanges the question of sexism for one of racism. So, we get phrases like "All whites are created equal."

Clever and shocking. I don't think his metaphor always holds up exactly, but it works very well.

Name Role
Douglas R. Hofstadter Author


Relation Sources
Contained in
  • Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern (1985-04)