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Come discover egalitarian language with Eliane Viennot, professor emerita of French literature, specialist in the power relations between the sexes and militant feminist.

So, is the French language sexist? That’s the question Eliane Viennot will explore in her talk:

For the last 40 years or so, French-speaking countries have been thinking about their language, so as to move forward with the march toward the equality of the sexist that they say they are taking part in. Here and there, this work has produced guides, memorandums, laws, new uses… What explains the forcefulness of the arguments that this movement has sometimes provoked? In which domains of language (vocabulary, grammar…) can we take action? What should we recommend? Is the Académie française still an obstacle?

This talk will show that the French language doesn’t so much need to be feminized as it needs to be de-masculinized, because it was deliberately masculinized since the 17th century – despite protests from its users. The talk will show that, far from being a complex question best left to specialists, the language is a common good about which everyone should reflect and take action, as citizens.

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    thecamp
    550 rue Denis Papin, La Duranne
    Aix-en-Provence 13100
    France

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    [18:15 - 19:00]

    Doors open

     

    [19:00 - 20:00]

    Talk

     

    [20:00 - 20:30]

    Q&A, discussion with the audience

     

    [Until 22:00]

    Stick around for a drink and more conversation at thecamp’s bar

    Free upon registration

    Free parking, carpooling encouraged

    Bar open, payment by card only

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