Academic Journal of Modern Philology vol. 5 (2016)
University of Łódź
The Official Journal of the European Union and Gender Inequality
The following article deals with the issue of gender equality at text level. Adopting the feminist linguistics perspective the author has analyzed selected issues of three language versions of the Official Journal of the European Union that are theoretically equal in meaning. The analysis has shown that the texts are not equivalent in terms of referring to men and women, which may in turn influence the way the texts are perceived in different countries. The article aims to prove that when trying to establish gender equality at an international level, languages that are applied to achieve the goal should be equally gender-neutral, as any trial to cope with gender inequality by means of language that discriminates women is counter-effective.
Keywords: EU, gender mainstreaming, feminist linguistics, translation, legal language.