My name is Debbie Cameron, and this is my first attempt at blogging. It’s not my first attempt at writing: I’m an academic by trade, and I’ve written a few academic books on subjects related to this blog–as well as one more popular book, The Myth of Mars and Venus. You can follow me on Twitter @wordspinster.

I hope this blog is a useful resource for people studying language and gender at school or university, but please note that I can’t respond to individual requests for help with your academic work.

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  1. Hi Debbie. Enjoyed reading your blog – came across it when looking for the ancient etymology of the word spouse, and google pointed me at your ‘wife’ blog. I was curious because where I live in Orkney, Wife just means ‘woman’ and has no connotations of marital status. Hence I use the word ‘spouse’ to denote my marital partner as it is gender neutral and definitely involves being married. Your blog doesn’t mention this so I though you might like to know that there is a place in the UK where being a wife is purely about gender and not about status.

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  2. I like your blog but you have no way of commenting on your articles or of contacting you outside of social media, which many people don’t want to use. You should include comments.


  3. I’ve published this comment because it’s one I get a lot. Here’s my response to it.

    When I started this blog I did have comments open. I knew I’d need to moderate them rather than just automatically publishing everything: feminist stuff attracts trolls and language stuff attracts cranks. Both groups make it hard to have a respectful and constructive discussion, and that was the only kind I was willing to host. But initially I didn’t think it would be a big problem. I was expecting a blog on this rather niche subject to find a relatively small and mostly supportive audience. But within a couple of months the numbers reading and following it had grown a lot, and when a new post went properly viral in July 15, I couldn’t cope with the volume of comments. I do this in my spare time, and there has to be some limit on how much time it takes up. So, I decided to turn the comments off. I do read the ones people still submit, and sometimes I reply privately; I also engage in discussion on Twitter. If you don’t enjoy reading blogs that don’t make space for readers’ views that’s your choice–no one has to read what I put up here. I’m pretty sure some people did stop following when I stopped publishing comments. But that was my choice, and I’ll be sticking with it.

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  4. This is an amazing blog on gender and language and rhetoric. You are giving knowledge to the general public–best of all, this knowledge is free. Thank you!


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