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Gender-Biased Language

Gender discrimination is a common phenomenon overlooked in society, and this situation may be further exacerbated through media. Gender-Biased language are often used to targeted one's own gender identity. There are different reasons for this, such as an attempt to silence others, inhibiting ones political support, or even belittling ones social status.

"1 of 4 LGBTQ People experience hate speech..."

"Twice as many LGBT people are victims of discrimination and exclusion as the rest of the population" - Elida Høeg, Kilden Gender Research[1]

Why Gender?

Much like ethnicity, gender also makes up much of one's identity, which is often a topic overlooked in language. The irresponsible usage of language may often lead to unintended gender discrimination, even when it's unintended. This is also known as "Sexist Language". To which it uses different stereotypes that categorizes their victims -- such as follows:


Above is a picture from the children's book "He Bear, She Bear" written by Dr. Seuss. Though maybe obsolete, it teaches children the existence of solely two genders(He/She) and the strict usage of pronouns assigned to both genders. 

"Stay in the kitchen"/"Man up will you"/"Stop being so ghey"

While the most unintentional gender-biased language may only sometimes impact an individual, intentional hate speech does not. These sexist languages are commonly found in comment sections all across social media, which all involve major gender stereotypes and may induce serious effects on the victim's wellbeing. Research has shown that Female and LGBTQ communities are more often targeted for their gender than men in general[2]:


"As of 2020, 40% of LGBTQ respondents seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth having seriously considered suicide" -- The Trevor Project[3]

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