Friday, September 30, 2011

Is Language Sexist?

"Is language sexist?"  That is what my comp 1 teacher asked the class.  My teacher went on to explain his point by putting up on the board "proof."  For example, you can't use "she" without "he", "woman" without "man", female with out male.  Personally, I hadn't really thought about it.  But when I did, I realized it all made sense.  In Genesis 2:22-23 it says, "The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.  If you look at the "is language sexist" issue with biblical glasses it all makes sense.  Woman is called woman because she was taken out of man.  Anyone who wants to dispute this is going against God's word.  My Comp 1 teacher DID dispute this when I gave this simple explanation.  He (yes this was a male teacher) said, "Well the Bible was written by men so we can't trust what it says, that automatically makes it sexist" (that's a paraphrase but essentially that was what he was saying).  I had never heard anyone say that before and frankly I was shocked.  "The Bible is the inspired Word of God," I said.  "The men that scribed the Bible were divinely inspired by God.  It was not their word but God's Word."  I didn't figure anyone could dispute that argument.  However, my teacher did.  "But it was written by man."  We went back and forth for some time about this.  It shocked me how illogical one can be when they don't want to accept the obvious truth.  Anyone that says the Bible is not the divinely inspired Word of God has every reason not to trust it.  However, the Bible IS the divinely inspired Word of God and we can trust it.  So is language sexist? NO!

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.
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