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Об учете андроцентризма и гендерной асимметрии в обучении современному английскому языку

Себрюк А. Н.

The present article is concerned with the necessity to cover current trends of gender-inclusive language in teaching modern English. The author focuses on the problem of androcentrism and gender correctness. The question of gender asymmetry in the English language that has become a burning issue recently was first raised in the 1950s with the beginning of the feminist movement in the U.S. In 2015-2016 the debates about self-identity shook first the academic world and then all the American society leading to the awareness to reconsider gender politics. The author proves that the social and cultural inequality of men and women in different spheres of life are reflected in the language. According to many feminists, English expresses male-centered culture and does not equally represent the social and cultural role of men and women in different spheres of life. New terms and grammar variants are being constantly implemented into the language to achieve gender equality. Meanwhile, in recent years due to the radical changes in the traditional perception of gender identity in American society, there appears to have evolved new communicative rules and norms towards people who do not identify with the aspects of gender that are assigned to their biological sex.  The author describes the new tendencies in the English language for more gender-neutral and gender-inclusive language promoted by some prestigious American universities and analyzes the most widespread recommendations for successful communication in the modern English language environment.