Andrey (azangru) wrote,

The Guardian:
The leaders of Women’s Aid and the Women’s Equality party are among the signatories to an open letter calling on Oxford University Press to change its dictionaries’ “sexist” definitions of the word “woman”.
The letter points out that some Oxford Dictionaries’ definitions of the word include synonyms such as “bitch” and “maid”, and says that derogatory and sexist examples of usage include, “God, woman. Will you just listen?”

Reference 1: open letter
Did you know that if you are a woman, the dictionary will refer to you as a “bitch” or a “maid”? [...] These are, according to the dictionary, the synonyms for “woman”

Reference 2: petition
Have you ever searched online for the definition of a woman? 'Bitch, besom, piece, bit, mare, baggage, wench, petticoat, frail, bird, bint, biddy, filly' - these are the words which the Oxford's English Dictionary online tells us mean the same as ‘woman’.

The Guardian at least deserves some credit — it gives a link to the offending page. Which turns out to be a fucking thesaurus. It’s literally a thesaurus’s job to list semantically related words with differences in pragmatics. And these lists of related words are not "definitions", you ... ...!

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