Comments on: Dead feminist Nobelist novelist’s work described as “seminal.” Srsly? http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:56:15 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Digger http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/comment-page-1/#comment-1835968 Sun, 08 Dec 2013 16:35:13 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22035#comment-1835968 My absolute favorite is:
“The National Park System is well endowed to commemorate Women’s contributions to American Society.” It is the very first line on the “Women’s History Sites (U.S. National Park Service)” Wikipedia page.

I know I could change it… but I just can’t bring myself to do it. The irony is too awesome.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/comment-page-1/#comment-1807308 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:42:40 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22035#comment-1807308 That is SUCH a great (by which I mean icky) example of what we’re talking about here. I don’t think you can stop finding examples of language like this once you get started.

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By: Liz http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/comment-page-1/#comment-1807242 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:18:26 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22035#comment-1807242 I work in a for-profit, where the term “penetrating” is used to describe how we should expand our business into new markets. I swear I’m going to go off the next time it’s used in a public forum. But then again, the company’s run by an old-boys’ network. They just can’t help their ignorant selves.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/comment-page-1/#comment-1790377 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:10:09 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22035#comment-1790377 Mendez is a creep, but he’s not as big of a creep as Healey. Mendez is small-time compared to his creepiness.

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By: Nick http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/comment-page-1/#comment-1790333 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:33:34 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22035#comment-1790333 Nancy and I loved “Orange,” too! We binge-watched it this summer. Don’t you just want Mendez’s head on a pike? Can’t wait for Season 2! Here’s a crappy preview: http://www.tvguide.com/News/Orange-New-Black-Season2-Laura-Prepon-1071623.aspx

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By: Liz2 http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/comment-page-1/#comment-1789157 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 03:05:10 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22035#comment-1789157 I was just ranting to my graduate class last week about the word seminal (and the word naturally, as in “she was naturally inclined to X”) and that they should think about the implications of words before using them. Actually, I think I just said – “For the love of all that is good. Don’t use either!”

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By: ProfSweddy http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/comment-page-1/#comment-1788956 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:50:09 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22035#comment-1788956 I like consciousness raising instead of seminar!

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By: From Pine View Farm » Blog's archive » Mixed-Up Metaphors http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/comment-page-1/#comment-1788447 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:44:10 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22035#comment-1788447 […] This is what happen when you don’t think about what words mean. […]

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By: Nicoleandmaggie http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/comment-page-1/#comment-1788446 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:43:48 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22035#comment-1788446 I use the word “fecund” too, but when discussing the entire body of fertility-related research (which, indeed, has been fecund recently), not just one particular paper.

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By: Matt_L http://www.historiann.com/2013/11/18/dead-feminist-nobelist-novelists-work-described-as-seminal-srsly/comment-page-1/#comment-1788442 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:42:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=22035#comment-1788442 Its kind of a Virginia Slims “You’ve come a long way baby” moment. Someone saying, “Look! Important feminist writer! Her work is seminal!” is not empowering or socially transformative. From what I understand, the point of feminism is to change things, not to be just another consumer or just another writer that can be neatly pigeonholed into existing market categories and power structures.

The use of the word seminal in this context is a great example of thoughtlessness. As in none of the people concerned, the author of the announcement, the editor and the newsreader, took the time to think about whether their word choice was appropriate or effective given the subject of the article. I imagine if any of them had read anything by Doris Lessing, they wouldn’t have chosen that particular word.

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