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Questions tagged [gender-positive]

Words that indicate gender. Contrast "gender-neutral."

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What are the female and gender-neutral equivalents of ‘henpecked husband’

Inspired by this question, what are are the feminine and gender-neutral equivalents of a ‘henpecked husband’? Would it be correct to say ‘cockpecked wife’ (even though that sounds dreadful) and ‘...
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What are the feminine equivalents of “Running mate”?

From Wikipedia: In the United States, "running mate" refers not only to a candidate for vice president (federal), but also to a candidate for lieutenant governors of those states where the ...
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English terms for a female wolf and a female owl?

In the English language, what are the right terms for a female wolf and a female owl; perhaps "she wolf" and "owl hen"? Are there distinct or separate words in English used for feminine? I checked ...
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Word for friend with female origins? [duplicate]

I often address people of all genders as "dude" but a female coworker said that dude has origins only pertaining to males and is therefore itself male. She challenged me to find a word to address all ...
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Is there a male equivalent of “dowager” with regard to British titles?

I was thinking about the British Royal Family, particularly the Queen Mother and why she had that title. I started wondering if Queen Elizabeth II died before Prince Phillip (and Charles became King) ...
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Is “to scold” gender-specific?

The following meanings for the word "scold" are given in Oxford Dictionaries: a woman who nags or grumbles constantly. remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily. So, the first one is a ...
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Is it widow or widower in a same-sex marriage?

There are a lot of widow questions here on SE. My same-sex partner has passed away, and today I referred to myself as a widower. But it appears in the Collins English Dictionary that a widower is a ...
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How to refer to males and females in a trans-positive world? [closed]

I have a presentation coming up with a big client. One of the executives I'm presenting to is a transgender person. For context, I'm in sales and marketing - I make TV commercials. In the meeting I ...
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What is the woman version of the “straight man”?

There was the following paragraph in the article that came under the headline, “Hillary Clinton: Dead-on comic, Dull politician" in the New Yorker (September 22): “Bud Abbott, the most famous of ...
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Is “widower” the only word that adds a suffix for men?

The word "widow" is for women, while the male version adds "-er" onto it. I can't think of any other words in English that does this. There's words where male and female have different endings ("...
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Widow, Widowed; Widower, What? [closed]

A woman who loses her husband is a widow; she is widowed. A man who loses his wife is a widower. Is there an equivalent male term for widowed?
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“pocketbook” for “wallet” in AmEng vernacular

Is pocketbook a common term for wallet in AmEng vernacular, or is it primarily recognized as another word for "purse/handbag"? If indeed a relatively commonly used word for "wallet/billfold," how do ...
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“wallet” vs. “[change] purse” in NAmEng and BrEng vernaculars

Is a man's change purse sometimes called wallet by their owner? If so, what would they usually call their actual wallet to distinguish it from their change purse? purse: a small bag, pouch, ...
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“cologne” and “aftershave” for “fragrance for men”

Per Farlex Trivia Dictionary, perfume or parfum is 20–40% oil and the highest concentration; eau de toilette is 10–18% oil, and cologne or eau de cologne is 3–9% oil. Leaving aside the technical ...
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What is the female equivalent of “warlock”?

What is the female equivalent of a "warlock"? It seems that other male-only words for paranormal practitioners have female equivalents: Wizard/Witch Sorcerer/Sorceress Enchanter/Enchantress Warlock/???...
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What might the feminine form of “mathematician” be? [closed]

With varying degrees of seriousness we have the following gendered role variants: Comedian / comedienne Master / mistress (sort of...) Dominator / dominatrix Singer / songstress Dude / dudette Now ...
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What word means a “male temptress”?

I was trying to describe a man who entices others into making bad decisions. I have several closely related questions: Is it okay in English to refer to a man as a temptress? Is there a uniquely male ...
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Feminine equivalent to mate

I am seeking a feminine equivalent to mate. Lets say I am walking in a hallway and bump into a male college; I would say something along the lines of Sorry, mate/lad/pal. However when I bump into ...
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Is there a male equivalent of 'bitch'?

While I know you can attribute 'bitch' to a male, I feel there is a sense of femininity. I was wondering if there is a colloquial equivalent that describes someone with the qualities of a 'bitch' ...
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Why aren’t Tom, Jake, and Jen­ny look­ing for­ward to Thanks­giv­ing?

And “Hen” (their moth­er) isn’t much look­ing for­ward to it ei­ther. Why? I can an­swer that ques­tion my­self: it’s be­cause they are all tur­keys. Tom is an adult male tur­key (al­so of­ten re­...
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Where do “‑ess” and “‑ine” suffixes come from?

English has a lot of words in which the suffix ‑ess makes a word feminine, such as actress, hostess, huntress. That looks like a suffix that is also used frequently in Italian, so I’d guess it has ...
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Is there a feminine equivalent to the adjective “avuncular”?

My brief researches only bring up the word "auntlike" to render the feminine equivalent of avuncular. Surely, though, and given the etymology of "aunt" [ < Latin amita -father's sister, old ...
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Replacement for “brethren” to refer to mostly female group

The word brethren would generally be used to refer to a group of people which have something making them an integrated unit. To exemplify my point in case: The Catholic Brethren... My college ...
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What is the female version of “phallic”?

What is the female version of "phallic"? phal·lic/ˈfalik/Adjective Of, relating to, or resembling a phallus or erect penis. It would have a definition as: Of, relating to, or ...