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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

http://latinousa.org/2016/01/29/latinx-ungendering-spanish-language/

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.