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Home LocationParis-Bourbon
Call No306.4408 2 NNEN
Title Mother tongue : the surprising history of women's words / Jenni Nuttall.
Author nne Nuttall, Jenni, 1975- author.
CollectionNEW: Adult 300-399
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 Paris-Bourbon30053003776088306.4408 2 NNEN6/5/2024 Available

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Personal Name Nuttall, Jenni, 1975- author.
Title Statement Mother tongue : the surprising history of women's words / Jenni Nuttall.
Edition Statement First United States edition.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice [New York] : Viking, 2023.
Physical Description 292 pages ; 22 cm
Content Type text rdacontent
Media Type unmediated rdamedia
Carrier Type volume rdacarrier
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-278) and index.
Summary, Etc. "So many of the words that we use to chronicle women's lives feel awkward or alien. Medical terms are scrupulously accurate but antiseptic. Slang and obscenities have shock value, yet they perpetuate taboos. Where are the plain, honest words for women's daily lives? Mother Tongue is a historical investigation of feminist language and thought, from the dawn of Old English to the present day. Dr. Jenni Nuttall guides readers through the evolution of words that we have used to describe female bodies, menstruation, women's sexuality, the consequences of male violence, childbirth, women's paid and unpaid work, and gender. Along the way, she challenges our modern language's ability to insightfully articulate women's shared experiences by examining the long-forgotten words once used in English for female sexual and reproductive organs. Nuttall also tells the story of words like womb and breast, whose meanings have changed over time, as well as how anatomical words such as hysteria and hysterical came to have such loaded legacies. Inspired by today's heated debates about words like womxn and menstruators-and by more personal conversations with her teenage daughter-Nuttall describes the profound transformations of the English language. In the process, she unearths some surprisingly progressive thinking that challenges our assumptions about the past-and, in some cases, puts our twenty-first-century society to shame. Mother Tongue is a rich, provocative book for anyone who loves language-and for feminists who want to look to the past in order to move forward"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Feminism.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term English language Etymology.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Sexism in language.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Women Terminology.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Women Language.
Other Edition Entry Nuttall, Jennifer Anne, 1975- London : Virago, 2023 Mother tongue 9780349015309

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