I find it very annoying when someone refers to all women using the singular form “a woman”, a very common use in Spanish.
We say “Woman’s day” instead of “Women’s day”. It’s also very common to hear “Woman is…” when someone is preaching about what women are, or what they’re supposed to be. This last example is usually followed by horrendous compilations of stereotypes.
The problem of using the singular form is that instead of thinking about millions and millions of unique human beings, we end up thinking of one single, specific, ubiquitous woman. We think of an “Ideal Woman”.
And what kind of Ideal Woman have we been taught in this Hell of a world?
A monstrous one.Continue reading