The idea of language it can be used with reference to the faculty of expression that the human being has; to a way of expressing oneself; or to the language understood as a system of signs that serves to communicate. Inclusive , on the other hand, is an adjective that qualifies what it includes or allows to include.
The notion of inclusive language began to become popular in recent years. The concept refers to expression mode that avoids definitions of gender or sex , covering women, men, transgender people and non-binary individuals alike.
There are those who consider conventional language, whose rules in our language are established by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ), result male chauvinist . That is why they propose to appeal to an inclusive language that takes into account all human diversity , including those who do not identify with either gender linked to biology (woman / man).
In the usual language, to greet the people found in an enclosure enough to say "Good morning to all", for example. The norms of Spanish contemplate in the masculine term "everyone" also to those who are not men. Some, however, prefer to resort to the expression "Good morning to everyone" to specify that the greeting is also addressed to women. But inclusive language goes one step further and proposes replacing the gender brand with a letter AND or one X : "Good morning to all" or “Good morning to all”.
While the feminist movement and other social sectors drive the implementation of inclusive language, some intellectuals have already expressed their opposition or their doubts. The Spanish Arturo Pérez-Reverte the Canadian Steven Pinker and the Argentine Alan Pauls , among others, showed their reservations regarding the use of AND Or the X to erase the differences of genre.
Both detractors and promoters of linguistic change have their reasons, and they are not afraid to expose them in extensive opinion articles, in interviews and even in books entirely devoted to this subject. One of the arguments presented by those who are in favor of modifying the language is that it is constantly evolution , that no one has told us "this far we have arrived", and that the adoption of inclusive terms would be just one of many changes that have occurred and will occur by the very nature of the communication.
Why fear a phenomenon What can improve the lives of so many people? Inclusive language is an ideal goal, a utopia, but we can achieve it if we open our minds and put ourselves in the place of those who suffer their absence. Consider the following example to understand how inaccurate Spanish can become: if there are a million women and we want to refer to the whole group, we say "all"; However, if there are nine hundred ninety nine thousand nine hundred ninety nine women and only one man, we are obliged to say "all." Just for one man, we turn the entire group masculine.
Since the language is not perfect but perfectible, that is, capable of being perfected, adopt the word all to refer to a group mixed is not to accept a defeat, it does not imply disappointment of a being that we thought was unpolluted, but to touch up one of the many defects of a human creation, just as we do with homes, furniture and electronic devices.
We know that in other languages these problems do not exist, that people of any sex and gender feel included in similar situations, and this should serve as an example to try to improve ours until we reach the same level of comfort in all our speakers.