Gender Matters - Sara Mills

Gender Matters - Sara Mills

7. Feminism and naming

Gender Matters - Sara Mills

Sara Mills [+-]
Sheffield Hallam University
Sara Mills is a Research Professor in Linguistics at Sheffield Hallam University. Her most recent publications include Gender and Colonial Space (2005, Manchester University Press), Michel Foucault (Critical Thinkers Series, 2003, Routledge), Feminist Post-Colonial Theory: An Anthology (edited with Reina Lewis, 2003, Edinburgh University Press) and Gender and Politeness (2003, Cambridge University Press).


The essay discusses the relationship between several potentially conflicting discourses: sexism, anti-sexism and “political correctness”. In order to analyse the way that the hypothesised relationship between these discourses is played out within people’s discursive practices, I have tried to elicit, through the distribution of a questionnaire, feminist professional women’s views on their choices about their surnames and titles, since this seems to be a key discursive site of struggle where these antagonistic discourses are seen to exert some force. 

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Mills, Sara. 7. Feminism and naming. Gender Matters. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 131 - 157 Feb 2012. ISBN 9781845534967. Date accessed: 15 May 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19769. Feb 2012

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