1Allen Pace Nilsen in her essay “ Sexism In English: Embodiment & Language” states that English language and culture

reveal the attitude and the inequality of men and women. Nilsen stated that in America, women are valued off the sexiness of there bodies and men are valued off the physical strengths and accomplishments. Nilsen stated that most inventions in the world are eponym. Eponym are people’s names converted into words we use. Nilsen asserts that even women’s physical feature are found in American Geography. Nilsen found numerous mountains named after women’s breast such as Nipple Top and Squaw Tit. On the other hand, all mountains named after men is because they found them. Like a call boy is a indivdual who called actors on stage, but a call girl is a prostitute. Nilsen states that many feminine words are based off masculine forms like heroheroin and usher- usherette. Nilsen asserts that many eponym for men were based off inventions such as the Ferris Wheel and Gatling Gun. However, women were more about fashion such as the Mae West Jacket. But some words meant for men and women but there’s no feminine form like a king has a kingdom but a queen don’t have a queendom. Other pair of words have masculine words first such as Mr. and Mrs., boys and girls, men and women, brother and sister. With one exception, in some weddings where women are more important than men. This is the exceptions where feminine forms are put before masculine ones like bridal shower. Even in weddings the man showed possession over the woman when woman vows to Love, Honor, and Obey. Nilsen asserts that during weddings when the pastor asks who gives the bride away the father usually says “I Do”. That brings Nilsen to her next point when she says that “Women are passive and Men are active”. Nilsen states that in sexual relations and weddings men play dominant roles like men wed women while women becomes brides of men and he takes the girl’s virginity. Nilsen also stated that famous women that gets married takes the man’s name even if he’s a nobody. But the few that’s mention are rebels such as Harriet Tubman. Nilsen claims that parents their children what they hope they will be in the future. Feminine names are always taken after pleasing items such as Diamond, Pearl, and Ruby. While masculine names are taken from power and strength such as Neil which means champion and Rex which means king. Nilsen asserts that American food is referred to women as, Such as cute tomato, honey, and sugar. But if a man is call something after food such as a fruit people questioned his masculinity. Allen Pace Nilsen came up with the conclusion that all men are dominant over women in American culture just by doing research and realizing what already here and not making up anything of here own.

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