Oxford Dictionary amends definition of ‘woman’ after massive criticism on sexist reference

 The year 2020 has been about uncommon difficulties and changes thus, it was just reasonable for the Oxford University Press to make the genuinely necessary corrections to the word ‘woman’ in the word reference that were not in lieu with the obsolete unfavorable and hostile phrasing. Following the few petitions documented a year ago which had censured the incorporation of chauvinist marks like bitch, bint, vixen and other hostile terms as equivalents for ladies in the Oxford Dictionary, the English language book of definitions has now refreshed it with a more impartial term. 

According to The Guardian, the request had required all expressions and definitions that “discriminate and patronise” or “connote men’s ownership” of ladies to be disposed of subsequently, the refreshed definitions recognize that a lady can be “a person’s wife, girlfriend, or female lover”, instead of just a man’s. Apparently, the petitions began by Maria Beatrice Giovanardi additionally requested amplified section of “woman” with models including the agent of minorities, for example, transsexual ladies and lesbian ladies.

This year on International Women’s Day, the Oxford University Press was called out by heads of Women’s Aid and the Women’s Equality party and an open letter news24nationed by them requested to change the “sexist” definitions. It read, “Bitch is not a synonym for woman. It is dehumanising to call a woman a bitch. It is but one sad, albeit extremely damaging, example of everyday sexism. And that should be explained clearly in the dictionary entry used to describe us.”

An “extensive review” was set off according to an OUP representative and changes were gotten “for ‘woman’ and many other related terms”. She told the news office, “This independent editorial approach means that our dictionaries provide an accurate representation of language, even where it means recording senses and example uses of words that are offensive or derogatory, and which we wouldn’t necessarily employ ourselves.”

Notwithstanding, the word ‘bitch’ kept on being recorded as an equivalent regardless of being marked as “offensive” and is characterized as a “spiteful, unpleasant, or disliked woman” as differentiated to the word dickhead which is excluded from the rundown of equivalents for men, is thought of “vulgar slang” and is characterized “as a stupid, irritating, or ridiculous man”.

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