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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Décembre - Inclusive writing: Having a good writing style (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Wed, 20 Dec 2017 07:48:39 +0200
To feminize without jargon is possible. For twenty-five years, the Alternative Libertarian
magazine has been experimenting and changing its practices. ---- The publication in
September by Hatier of a feminized school textbook sparked a public debate on inclusive
writing. Often to denigrate (Le Point, current values, Le Figaro ...), sometimes to
question (Liberation, Obs, The World, The Parisian ...). The team of the monthly
Alternative Libertarian, who assiduously practice the thing, has his opinion on the issue.
---- If the feminization of the texts can not constitute the alpha and the omega of a
anti-sexist policy, it interests us in that it rebalances a French language which,
traditionally, gives primacy to the masculine. ---- For decades, several methods of
feminization coexist. The best known is to add to each word, " e ", " ice " and " euse
" between hyphens, between parentheses, or between points or even between midpoints.
This is the choice made by Hatier, who writes, for example: " Thanks to farmers,
artisans and tradesmen, Gaul was a rich country. "
In this way, the magazine Alternative Libertarian feminized in the years 1990-2000, before
adopting the feminization by circumlocution and / or repetition, a method inspired by the
Quebec Office of the French language, pioneer in the matter.
Why this evolution ? Due to a double statement. First, the method of addition concerns
only the culture of writing ; it is therefore quite elitist, and even a bit hypocritical
since not reproducible in oral. Secondly, it can be perceived as a militant metalanguage,
thus excluding for an uninitiated readership.
The alternative libertarian monthly , which aspires to a writing at once inclusive and
attractive, has therefore built its own hybrid method: use of periphrasis and / or
repetition ; adding an e preceded by a single point when the male-female difference is
not audible ; possibility of agreeing the adjective with the nearest word.
Juggle with possibilities to avoid ambiguities
Thus we will not write " Turkish, Greek and Armenian workers have decided to stand up "
but, for example, " Turkish workers and women workers" , Greek and Armenian are decided
to face "(repetition and agreement of the adjective with the word closest). Nor will we
write " Inactive Renderings " through the mediation of government officials, the
workers, and the employees went around in circles , but rather " Condemned to
inaction." through government mediation, the workers, the workers, and the employees went
round and round (periphrasis, repetition, and addition of points).
To conclude: the logic that guides us is not to blindly apply an intangible rule, but to
juggle the possibilities to avoid ambiguities, heaviness or galling. We are not robots !
AL Commission Committee
For more information, consult the Feminization Guide of the Alternative libertarian
monthly on Alternativelibertaire.org
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