Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mexico warns employees on sexist language

Mexico's interior ministry has printed a guide on how to lower the use of sexist language in a nation famous for its machismo.

The Manual for the Non-sexist Use of Language is being spreader to government offices crosswise Mexico.

It seeks to fewer remarks that imposed sex labels, as well as the default use of the manly form in the Spanish language.

The manual was drafted by a body that monitored aggression against women.
In its preface, the manual explains itself as "a device to publicize national public workers with the use of non-sexist tactics in the Spanish language".

It disheartens the use of expressions such as: "If you like to job, why did you have children," and: "You are so sexist when you keep quiet".
It also counsels against quoting to women as ownerships, as in expressions such as "Pedro's woman".

The manual says employees should keep away from using the masculine form in the Spanish language when it is not suitable. Generally to use the masculine without thinking the gender of the people we are quoting to or - even more without making sense to use masculine words or specialized subjects even when we aware we are discussing about a woman," it describes.

The document was drawn up by the National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women, Conavim.

On International Women's Day on 8 March the Mexican government accepted that "abuses and harassment" of women remained a problem.

At the same time, women's groups demonstrated against an increase in murders of women because of their gender, incidents identified in Mexico as Femicide.

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