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when words – and websites – are wrong

By April 15, 2008News

Call me picky…

Here I am looking for good words and ideas for an event for a women’s domestic violence agency and THIS is what I find. (And yes, I use all the time – I love it, it gets the creative juices flowing – it’s like my own little writer’s club – the words speak to me and invite my brain to move in every direction.)

Main Entry: female
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: womanly
Synonyms: changeable, child-bearing, delicate, effeminate, effete, fair, feminine, fertile, gentle, girlish, girly, graceful, ladylike, maidenly, matronly, modest, muliebral, oviparous, petticoat, pistil-bearing, pistillate, pure, refined, reproductive, sensitive, she-stuff, shy, soft, tender, twisty, virgin, vixenish, weak, womanish, womanlike

Look at the 3rd to last synonym…no, your eyes are not deceiving you. They have ‘weak’ listed as a synonym for ‘female’. Last time I checked, that was an opinion – a lame, misogynistic, sexist, patriarchal opinion.

If you are reading this – bring it on. Show me how this is fact, I dare you.

And, please take your opinions off of your resource page….now, I’m off to find a new online thesuarus. If anyone knows one that won’t offend 51% of the population (and some good men out there as well), let me know. By the way, there are other words you’ve listed that are also offensive and not truly synonyms of ‘female’ – shy, virgin, soft…I could keep going.

Oh – and here are some ‘weak’ females:

Serena Williamshilary clintonmadonna
Serena Hilary Madonna

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • . says:

    The problem is that in removing that material, the thesaurus has changed its source and lost like 70% of its linked synonyms…

  • Julie Roads says:

    I just discovered that. It is terribly sad for wordsmiths everywhere. Not to mention that it was so much more fun when I thought it was all because of me! WAIT – do you think I am responsible for the fact that changed their source and their site entirely? There is no way! I think it was just crazy timing and timing is everything, I suppose.
    Thanks for chiming in!

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