【停課不停學─小學英文科】 〈Women’s Lib〉練習2020.02.17
IN the Peanuts cartoon, Lucy mentions the term ‘Women’s Lib’. What is it? It is an abbreviated form of ‘Women’s Liberation’. Note that if these terms have capital ﬁ rst letters, they have a particular meaning; and if all the letters are in lower case, they have another meaning – though the two meanings are closely related.
In the comic strip, the ﬁ rst letters should be in upper case, ie, ‘Women’s Lib’, or ‘Women’s Liberation’. It means the movement that aimed to achieve equal social and economic rights for women.
Since it is a proper noun, we should write capitals ‘W’ and ‘L’. For example: “As long as there is still sexual discrimination, Women’s Lib(erbation) should be alive.”
If all the letters are in lower case, ie, ‘women’s lib’ or ‘women’s liberation’, it refers to the freedom of women to have the same social and economic rights as men. The last example can therefore be rewritten as: “As long as there is still sexual discrimination, we should ﬁ ght for women’s lib(erbation).”
What is a person who supports women’s liberation called? He or she
can be called a ‘women’s liberationist’. Another name for them is ‘women’s libber’. However, this latter term happens to be: 1. old-fashioned, 2. informal and 3. sometimes disapproving. Therefore, it is much better and safer to use ‘women’s liberationist’.
Nowaday’s ‘Women’s Lib’ and ‘Women’s Liberation’ are almost always replaced by the term ‘feminism’, which refers to the belief and aim that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men, or the struggle to achieve this aim.