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Argentina, the Milei government prohibits the use of inclusive language. Provocation against feminist “enemies”.

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Argentina, the Milei government prohibits the use of inclusive language.  Provocation against feminist “enemies”.

“By decision of the president Javier Mileywe will proceed to initiate proceedings for ban inclusive language and everything related to the gender perspective throughout the national public administration”, declared the presidency spokesperson, Manuel Adorni. “It will not be possible to use the “e”, the snail, or the x” this is to “avoid the unnecessary inclusion of the feminine in all public administration documents”, he added. “The language that contemplates all sectors is Spanish” commented Adorni who maintains that “the gender perspective has also been used as business of politics“. A few days from 8 March the Milei government will put the “turbo” and, as promised in the electoral campaign, attacks and provokes those whom it considers to be “enemies”. the feminist movement.

According to the president’s spokesperson, the government is not interested in joining in a “language debate” but the gender issue would have been used as a “political affair” in previous administrations. The attack, symbolic and material, comes from various parts of the government, and so does the ministry led by Patricia Bullrichor the Argentine Ministry of Security, announced that “The use of so-called ‘inclusive’ language is prohibited within the Ministry of Defence, the Armed Forces and the decentralized bodies of the ministry”. Thus, only the use of the “Spanish language” is permitted, in accordance with the regulations which govern each respective area, according to the terms and rules established by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) and the regulations and manuals in force in the armed forces”.

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The text dismissed by Bullrich claims that “any deviation or distortion of Spanish that is not standardized or approved” can “lead to a misinterpretation of what one wishes to have or order”, making it difficult to correctly apply the orders. The announcement was taken with “irony” and jokes and questions arose online. The memes range from “how far will the ban on the use of e go?” to “the abolition of the use of the snail will it stop people from writing emails?”. Furthermore, “Argentine Spanish”, like any living language, changes daily and therefore thinking and claiming the use of a language as something static is ‘weak thinking’ and not a barrier to social, political, biological and cognitive factors who recognize the linguistic limits, with the attempt to correct the aim, that a male and dichotomous vision of the world have imposed.

A battle that seems more like a provocation a few days before International Women’s Day, which in Argentina (and not only) it is a day of struggle and conflict. The government’s attempt is to shift attention, and the debate, from the dramatic social and economic situation that the new executive is relaunching and worsening. It is no coincidence that feminist activists, and academics, Veronica Gago and Luci Cavallero, in an article about ElDiarioAr they write “On the one hand, the maneuver diversion is evident. They expect the feminist movement to react by being scandalized so that they can once again contrast the linguistic issue with the need for food. They want, once again, how they love to be anti-feminist sectors, to say that language is a matter of surface, that it is an eccentric luxury. But they show as far as they are concerned and how it is a real obsession for them. They make this law in the same week in which they remove the fund for socio-urban integration which it would allow investment in infrastructure in popular neighborhoods with a gender perspective. They do so while continuing to deny food to soup kitchens and soup kitchens.”

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