GERMANY – “The University of Leipzig has voted to adopt the feminine version of the word for ‘professor’ as its default. In German, professorin refers to a female professor while professor is the male equivalent.”
That’s coming from The Local, an English news outlet in Germany. The best part of the report? This:
“Physics professor Dr Josef Käs suggested the change as a joke because he was becoming weary of extended discussions about gendered language. To his suprise, the university board voted in favor of the idea.”
As Americans, we can all be grateful right now that “professor” in English basically refers to both sexes, or the joke would be on us, too.
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