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Controversial Ideas 2022, 2(1), 5; doi: 10.35995/jci02010005

“Men” and “Women” in Everyday English

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Received: 25 Nov 2021 / Revised: 30 Mar 2022 / Accepted: 11 Apr 2022 / Published: 29 Apr 2022
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What kind of distinction are the words “men” and “women” used to mark in everyday English—one of biological sex, social role, or something else, such as gender identity? Consensus on this question would clarify and thereby improve public discussions about the relative interests of transgender and cisgender people, where the same sentence can seem to some to state an obvious truth but to others a logical or metaphysical impossibility (“Transwomen are women” and “Some men have cervixes” are topical examples). It is with this in view that I report here the results of five recent surveys.
Keywords: Sex; Gender; English
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Jarvis, E. “Men” and “Women” in Everyday English. Controversial_Ideas 2022, 2, 5.
Jarvis E. “Men” and “Women” in Everyday English. Journal of Controversial Ideas. 2022; 2(1):5.
Jarvis, Edward. 2022. "“Men” and “Women” in Everyday English." Controversial_Ideas 2, no. 1: 5.
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