Target: Barry Diller (Chairman and Senior Executive of InterActiveCorp)
Goal: Remove the affiliation between the words “male” and “power” from Thesaurus.com
When you look up synonyms for the word “power” on Thesaurus.com, you’ll find the word “male” along with other more appropriate and modernized synonyms of the word “power.” As we are well into the 21st century, it is disappointing to see a website still clinging onto the archaic forms of language that demean a specific gender. Please demand that Thesaurus.com remove the correlation between the words “power” and “male.”
Studying language gives you a great insight into history and society. It shows us how words were originated, formulated, and popularized. However, there are many words nowadays that we have abandoned because of their irrelevancy and insensitivity in the background of these contemporary times. Women have fought long and hard for equality. Though the actual women’s right movement ended a few decades ago, the fight is still going on. To have a well-known website that generates hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of hits make a blatant correlation between the words “male” and “power” undermines the efforts of the brave women who came before us.
There are many people who utilize Thesaurus.com every day—students and children use the Internet to guide them in their homework and for them to learn that the words “male” and “power” are synonymous is not something we should teach the new generation of educated minds. Please order Thesaurus.com to remove the word “male” under the word “power.” We need to ensure that this patriarchal correlation is erased from the website because it undermines the efforts of the uphill battle that strong, and truly powerful, women endured through to seek equality in the face of men and women in the world.
Dear Barry Diller:
Your website, Thesaurus.com, is a great tool for students, as well as non-scholars, to expand their vocabulary and learn something new every day. Thus, it is very disappointing to learn that your website displays the word “male” under the synonym of the word “power.” It illustrates to people that we still are very much stuck in the patriarchal society females were oppressed in for centuries.
Since language can be a very tricky, and very sensitive issue, there are many words that we do not utilize in our formal, or colloquial, language anymore because of their sheer irrelevancy and insensitivity. We must forgo words that demonstrate to the new generation that men are deemed as more powerful than women are. Do not challenge the progress of the women who have fought so hard to equalize themselves in the eyes of men, and women, in the world. Please remove the correlation between the words “power” and “male” from your website and ensure that the new generation does not grow up believing in the artificially imposed gender roles that were created during our past patriarchal times.
[Your Name Here]