Changing Sexist Language: Intercollegiate Debate as a Laboratory for Change
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Communication
This research examined attitudes and language use of students competing in intercollegiate debate. Many debate students have been exposed to and participated in discussions about sexism in languages. Interview and observation data were used to understand how debate experiences have influenced students' use of sexist language and their attitudes about that constitutes sexist language, how or if the language should be changed, and the role of the topic as an argument in debate competition. Results suggest that the competitive nature of debate has made students aware of sexism and language. The attitudes held by students are complex and diverse. The data suggest experiences in debate have aided students in developing informed opinions on sexist language.
sexist language, sexism, intercollegiate debate, language, muted group
© Kelly L. Winfrey
Winfrey, Kelly L., "Changing Sexist Language: Intercollegiate Debate as a Laboratory for Change" (2007). MSU Graduate Theses. 2270.