[RESOLVED] anguage in summary of JAILED FOR FREEDOM

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Post by hugh » November 17th, 2009, 10:34 am

From a listener:
Love your site, your work, everything.

Have never sent a comment before. However, it was jarring to see an historically perjorative term inadvertently/unconsciously used in a volunteer's SUMMARY of the book, JAILED FOR FREEDOM by DORIS STEVENS (a recently catalogued book)
http://librivox.org/jailed-for-freedom-by-doris-stevens/

Please, please, if at all possible change the summary so that the word "suffragettes" becomes "suffragists".
"Suffragettes" has come into common use inaccurately! It's the equivalent of an historical SLUR.

Doris Stevens's memoir deals with a time in which "suffragettes" was a PERJORATIVE used to denigrate and cute-sify/demean women involved in/marching for/arrested for/on trail for the campaign in the U.S. for women's voting rights. This term was not used in the UK -- it was always "suffragists", and American women adopted the same term. However, in the US, to counter "suffragists", the term "suffragettes" was coined and used in news reports, public statements and the like and recognized as a means of belittling women's rights campaigners.

At least in the summary of a memoir of an American Suffragist Doris Stevens, we could avoid perpetuating the historical slur.
It probably seems a ridiculous request--it would be a no-brainer if the slur was connected to some more obvious group/slur--please take it seriously.

Many thanks.

Susan (faithful listener!)
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Post by smijen » November 17th, 2009, 2:08 pm

Thanks for your feedback. The page has been changed.
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Post by hugh » November 18th, 2009, 7:12 am

Thanks!

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