SPA 108 – “Trans-feminine Activism and Inclusive-Non-binary Language in Lima, Perú”

By César Romero Fernández

A talk given by Ernesto Cuba (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

On Wednesday February 16, 2022, Ernesto Cuba gave the talk “Trans-feminine Activism and Inclusive/Non-binary Language in Lima, Peru,” a cultural event at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. This talk was given in Spanish, and was directed to the students of the course SPA 108 – Advanced Spanish: Nation, Gender and Identity. Ernesto Cuba’s presentation focused on the case of Féminas, a transgender rights activist group based in Lima, Peru. Ernesto addressed how the community of Féminas understands “inclusive language” and how their diverse linguistic attitudes about this type of language reform challenge discourses about the visibility and affirmation of trans women and non-binary people. Also, Ernesto presented a brief history of inclusive language and its relation to debates about sexism in the Spanish language. Finally, Ernesto answered several questions from the students regarding different aspects of his talk, such as the practical ways to implement inclusive language reform, the contrasts and similarities of sexist language in Spanish and English, how Latinx communities in the US are discussing inclusive language, and the long-standing question: Does sexist language creates societal sexism or vice versa? Ernesto Cuba is a PhD candidate in the Linguistics track at the Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures PhD program, Graduate Center, City University of New York. Organizers Gorka Bilbao Terreros and Cesar Romero Fernandez praise all the students that participated in the event for their numerous and enriching questions.

This talk was organized by lecturers Gorka Bilbao Terreros and Cesar Romero.

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