Thesaurus.com (InterActiveCorp): Remove "male" as a related word to "power"
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Thesaurus.com (InterActiveCorp): Remove "male" as a related word to "power"

    1. Alexandra Kirwin
    2. Petition by

      Alexandra Kirwin

      Easton, MA

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August 2013

Victory

Lexi Kirwin: Thesaurus.com has updated their website and removed all traces of masculine-associated words from the word "power"'s entry! I cannot believe how many people this petition reached. Thank you to everyone who signed and made a difference.

Although an individual's gender used to indicate how much power s/he held, the political correctness of those ideas expired a few decades ago. Media, obviously including Thesaurus.com, desire to blindly reach for any means to ruin the control which powerful women possess. I am tired of witnessing the marginalization and blatant ridicule of half of the world's population. Occurrences as subtle as a synonym entry in an online thesaurus prohibit the public's ability to hold women worthy of power to high standards. Implying that power equates with maleness concurrently implies that femaleness equates with incapacity and weakness. Narrow portraits of femininity restrict females' self-expression. Women subconsciously begin to conform to societal expectations, which effectively cause them to become what media portray them to be.

Thesaurus.com's entry for "power" currently functions as a causal agent of patriarchy and misogyny. Surely hundreds, if not thousands, of people search the synonym page of "power" everyday. Yet, the Apple app has been ranked best iPad app for students by U.S. News and among the top ten iPhone apps for back to school by Time. Thesaurus.com will remain an impediment to gender equality as long as sexist messages continue to infiltrate through supposedly objective content.

By signing this petition, you not only support the removal of "male" as the first and foremost related word to power, but also agree to stop using Thesaurus.com and all of its sister websites, Dictionary.com, Reference.com, and Ask.com, until the word is removed.

This petition was started because of three college women. If InterActiveCorp remains under the misconception that only men matter in relation to power, they need to think again.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We did it!

      Alexandra Kirwin
      Petition Organizer

      Thesaurus.com updated its website and removed all traces of masculine-associated words in the entry for "power". Thank you to everyone who used their voice to make this change!

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    2. Still there

      Alexandra Kirwin
      Petition Organizer

      Male, masculine, and other similar words are still included within Thesaurus.com's "related words" to power! (Male has been removed as the first word, however!) We need more support to make a change.

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    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Removed, but rearranged

      Alexandra Kirwin
      Petition Organizer

      Thesaurus.com removed "male" as the first related word to power, yet its still listed alphabetically within other related words, including "impregnable" and "masculine"! Contact them here http://content.dictionary.com/contact?Problem&z=1&r=http%3A%2F%2Fcontent.dictionary.com%2Fabout%2Fcontact and complain like I did. We did accomplish change - we just need to press on to change it entirely!

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    5. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Alexis Luttrull NASHVILLE, IN
      • 11 months ago

      Stop the war against women!

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    • Lisa Maccioli REVERE, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      gender equality; equal rights for all

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    • Natalie Lund SHERIDAN, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Women are powerful as well

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    • Danielle Nelson LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I am for gender equality.

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    • omar cedeno DORCHESTER, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      It makes no sense. There is no logical reason for gender to even be associated with power, at default.

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