Wednesday, March 23, 2011
While Flavorwire is obviously having fun with the idea of revisiting literary classics and making them gender neutral, they raise an interesting point: we are sacrificing critical historical elements in an attempt to be politically correct. The same argument can be made by the black community in the recent change of the word "nigger" to "slave" in Huckleberry Finn. Changing the Bible's language so that "human kind" is more clearly understood where the word "men" is used doesn't make the Bible any less offensive in its patriarchal oppression of women. But hey, that's history. These inequalities existed and still exist today. Changing terms doesn't change the past.