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gender
used in Do You Speak American?

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Definition
male or female

or (especially with regard to self-identification): the state of being male, female, or in any of many trans categories
  • Think, for example, of how you guys has now become a generic form of address: it is gender-, age-, and class-neutral, and decidedly informal.
    Introduction (46% in)
  • Besides these important ethnic influences, California's leading-edge culture entails a tolerance for gender diversity that has been well ahead of most of America for at least two generations.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (72% in)
  • Don't ask, don't tell is at the other end of the cultural spectrum from San Francisco, where nobody has needed to ask for a long time because everybody has been telling—everything, embracing in the process a far wider range of gender definition and terminology than when we filmed the gay community in the 1980s.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (81% in)
  • Today, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Parade committee told us, they could think of still other kinds of queens, but the word was too narrow a focus for the community [queens being only gay men), because many other people now had a voice, and because the idea of gender had increasingly become "malleable and fluid."
    seven — Language from a State of Change (84% in)
  • Out of this new diversity has sprung a lexicon of new terms: Transgender—An umbrella term to encompass many forms of behavior, including transsexuals, transvestites, drag queens, drag kings, cross-dressers, female illusionists, gender benders, gender queens—although not limited to those definitions, and not all of those people want to be called transgender.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (85% in)
  • Out of this new diversity has sprung a lexicon of new terms: Transgender—An umbrella term to encompass many forms of behavior, including transsexuals, transvestites, drag queens, drag kings, cross-dressers, female illusionists, gender benders, gender queens—although not limited to those definitions, and not all of those people want to be called transgender.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (85% in)
  • Transsexual—Originally denned as people who had undergone hormonal or surgical intervention to make a physical transition from one gender to another, but now applied more vaguely.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (87% in)
  • Intersexual—A term adopted for people born with genitalia neither male nor female, as part of a movement to prevent surgical alteration to a gender arbitrarily decided by a doctor.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (87% in)
  • Linguist Dennis Baron has studied the gender issue in language and says that feminism has also had its impact on which words women choose to use or not to use.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (93% in)
  • So they'll bring to bear not only understanding the words, but looking for what we call paralin-guistic cues, things like, What is the gender of the voice?
    eight — Teaching Computers to Speak American (5% in)
  • They thought to solve it by substituting synthetic voices so clearly nonhuman that people would not succumb to gender stereotypes, but people still did.
    eight — Teaching Computers to Speak American (9% in)
  • "Even obvious synthetic speech, like Baldi's," Nass said, "will be assigned a gender, will be assigned an emotion, an accent, a location in the country, a personality—the entire range of things that we do when we hear a human voice.
    eight — Teaching Computers to Speak American (27% in)

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