In anticipation of International Women's Day, Babbel—the leading language learning app—recently debuted a campaign to highlight the sexist terms often hidden in our language. Some prevailent examples include Debbie Downer or Chatty Cathy, both terms that have female personas while derogatory terms like mistress and spinster only exist for women with the male equivalents using more empowering words like bachelor and master.
To combat the sexism hidden in our language and support #EachFOrEqual, Babel debuted a list of alternative words. Rather than Working Mom, use Superhuman; instead of Chatty Cathy, try Chatterbox; and in place of Debbie Downer, use Fun-sponge. These easy alternatives are a neutral way to describe someone without negatively—and unnecessity—referencing either gender.
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