Friday, April 27

Revolution of language

We had a literature seminar today where we discussed the critical tradition, which involved a text by Sue Curry Jansen from 2002. Curry Jansen means that linguistic domination has never been revolutionised, except by black Americans by introducing concepts like soul, black power and black is beautiful ( Curry Jansen 2002). This didn't sound right to me so I asked:
-  Isn't poetry and art constantly revolutionising language?
Teacher:
- Yes, but perhaps not revolutionising, but changing language, and Curry Jansen was refering to when language has been revoltionised by an oppressed group in society.
- Hm, ok.
Then I started thinking about women and feminism. Are women not an oppressed group in society that also have revolutionised language? ( There was not time to discuss this at the seminar, because it was lunch already.) And what is the actual difference between revolution and change in this context? Girlpower was popularized in the 90's, and this year we've had #metoo and in Sweden #knytblus ( refering to the supposedly anti-feminist coup d'etat in the Swedish Academy), and not to mention mansplaining. I think feminism definitely has revolutionised language for the oppressed group of women.  I could even go so far to say that the environmental movement has also revolutionised language by introducing concepts like greenwashing, the eco-prefix, the green-prefix, animal rights, climate crisis, global warming, endangered species, environmental pollution and much more. Speaking up for the oppressed group of animals.

I'm just not going to let hiphop and rap take credit for something so fundamentally human that is happening constantly but not getting the same amount of attention because it's not promoted by men in shiny cars and their hoes.



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