April 16, 2012
Even in Death, Men and Women Still Unequal
Matt Mills, Guardian
It is notable, when reading articles in any British newspaper, that the language used to refer to the surviving spouse of a man who has died differs considerably from that used to refer to the surviving spouse of a woman who has died. Despite the fact that there are paired words – widow and widower – the way they are used varies greatly. The unequal usage of the two words is evident in countless news articles referring to a deceased man's spouse as his widow or the widow of X. Widow is also quite frequently used in headlines where the woman's marital status is not relevant to the article.
TAGGED: inequality, gender discrimination