Woman President v. Female President

Feminist Law Professors » Blog Archive » “Woman President” v. “Female President”
Language IS important.

Excerpt:
Robin Lakoff from Berkeley, has it right:

[It] suggests that a woman holding that position is marked — in some way unnatural, and that it is natural for men to hold it (so we never say ‘male doctor,’ still less ‘man doctor’). Since we feel so strongly (still) that a president is necessarily male, every time we say ‘woman president,’ we reinforce that view: that only a man can be commander in chief, symbolize the U.S. (which is metonymically Uncle Sam and not Aunt Samantha, after all) and make it harder to conceive of, and hence vote for, a woman in that role.

Smart words from a smart [no sex-identifying adjective needed] professor.
– David S. Cohen

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