[Ads-l] Slight Antedating of "Sexist" (Adj.)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Jul 9 09:20:50 EDT 2021


I suppose by analogy that anyone who believes in genetic sex differences is a "sexist."

1961 p. 320, Cosmos, "Scientific Racism Again?" Current Anthropology 2/4 Oct. [JSTOR]

SG
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Subject: Slight Antedating of "Sexist" (Adj.)

sexist, adj. (OED 1968 Nov.)

1968 Caroline Bird in Evening Sun (Baltimore) 16 Sept. B1/1 (Newspapers.com)  "Do you think a woman will ever be President of the United States?" She parried the question, "Now, that's what I call a "sexist" question -- that's like asking me, 'do I mind if my daughter married a Negro?' -- That's a racist wuestion."

Fred Shapiro

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