Latinx: Ungendering the Spanish Language for NPR's Latino USA


This story originally appeared on NPR's Latino USA on January 29th, 2016, in the episode Miscommunications

In chat rooms and Tumblrs across the Internet, new words have started to sprout up.Latin@, Latinx, Chicanx and amig@ have sparked a lot of debate online about a fundamental aspect of the Spanish language: gender. In Spanish, words have gender, like in the case of Latino vs. Latina. Studies suggest that gendered language can reinforce gender stereotypes and some people are pushing back and advocating for a more gender-neutral language.