Throughout the years, sexism in language has been found to be a major issue in society. Women in society have been complaining about the unfairness toward their gender in ways. In the short essay, Sexism in English: Embodiment and Language by Allen Pace Nilsen, females were not considered as strong as males, and therefore they were giving a weak role in the society. Even in the text On language: You Guys by Audrey Bilger, women were not comfortable with the usage of the word “guys”, because they thought it took away femaleness. Also women were only known for their beauty, but not for their talent. Also, in the article of Ahmed Naufela Nafisa said that over the years sexism has been weaved into language system so subtly that people end up submitting to the sexists views without even realizing it. Due to fact that we live in a sexiest society, the use of sexist’s language reflects our sexist’s society.
Back in time, females were not considered as strong as males were. In the essay by Nilsen it is stated that “I was shocked to observe how different were the roles assigned to males and females. The Afghan version of the chaderi prescribed for Moslem women was particular confining. Women in religious families were required to wear it whenever they were outside their family home, with the result being that most of them didn’t venture outside” (Nilsen 144). Women basically had to cover their face, whenever they went outside but men didn’t have to cover nothing. Women had no kind of rights in society besides stay home and do house work. They were not even allowed to attend school and work outside their homes. Also it is mentioned that “The idea that a bride is something to be handed over form one man to another brothers people because it goes back to the days when a man’s servants, his children, and his wife were all considered to be his property. They were known by his name because they belonged to him, and he was responsible for their actions and their debts” (Nilsen 148). This also states that women had no rights to stand on their own feet. They were completely ruled by men and had to do whatever they told them. In other hand, men had every right, to be educated and be something in life which gave them honor and respect in society.
Women were strongly against with the term “guys”. People today do not even notice to the words that they use or the words people use around them. In the text On language: You Guys by Bilger states that “up until a couple years ago, I used the phrase as much anyone, and I never gave it a though. “You Guys” sounds casual, friendly, and harmless. When two female friend told me one day that it bothered them to be called “You Guys” my wounded ego began an internal rant…” (Bilger 19). Women feel they are being discriminated and not feeling comfortable with the use of that term. The language had evolved and the term “guys” is gender neutral. People use it everyday without even thinking what will it affect on females.