Language and Sexism
February 8, 2009 § 2 Comments
Recently in my Spanish class we were given a new list of vocabulary words to learn. On this list was the word mujeriego, which translates to womanizer. Now usually with Spanish nouns and adjectives there’s a masculine version (with an “o” at the end) and a feminine version (with an “a” at the end), however there was no feminine version on the list.
A friend of mine raised his hand and asked, “What’s the girl version of mujeriego?”
My teacher pondered for a while before shrugging her shoulders and saying, “I don’t think there is one… The only one I can think of is a word that I really shouldn’t say in class.”
Puta – Prostitute or slut.
Maybe there is a female version of the word that I’m just not aware of. Anyone know of one?
Just something to think about.