Letter to the Editor: Activism needs to focus on more meaningful topics
In regards to her column "Making Spanish gender-neutral friendly," I suggest perhaps Ms. Taipe take one of the many linguistics courses offered at the university, because it is a nonsensical desire to "reform" a language as Ms. Taipe describes, saying "we need to realize that gender neutrality needs to apply to the rest of the gender-natured language (e.g. bello versus bella)." Grammatical gender is an entirely different concept from human gender and is found in numerous languages. Whether an apple (the feminine la manzana in Spanish) is "masculine" or "feminine" has no meaning, and those two categories could easily be labeled something else. Activism should be focused on meaningful issues and not trying to change the structure of languages for futile purposes.
The author is a current student who wishes to remain anonymous.