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Humanities 2018, 7(3), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7030087

Gender, Language and a Lipstick: Creating Cultural Change in a World of Paradoxes

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Institute of Modern Greek Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 541 24, Greece
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Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia
Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 23 August 2018 / Accepted: 24 August 2018 / Published: 27 August 2018
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This paper addresses the paradoxes and possibilities for academic feminism in the Third Millennium drawing on feminist linguistics. It targets the role of language in the construction of social gender, focusing on data from Greek, and shows that gendering discourse can effect cultural change. It is suggested that academic feminists can be agents of cultural change when they promote feminist language reform in the service of challenging the dominant gender order. View Full-Text
Keywords: social gender; grammatical gender; language reform; culture; cognition social gender; grammatical gender; language reform; culture; cognition
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Alvanoudi, A. Gender, Language and a Lipstick: Creating Cultural Change in a World of Paradoxes. Humanities 2018, 7, 87.

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