(Quebec) Anxious to “dampen spirits,” a professor of industrial relations at Laval University, Mustapha Bettache, throw the cat among the pigeons by proposing a grammatical feminization of her lesson plans. Forgotten, wanting the traditional formula that masculine prevails over the feminine …
In an interview with the Sun, Mr. Bettache admits feeling increasingly “uncomfortable” to write to the men in his classes, while about 60% of its students are actually … students. “In some way, 60 people, there may be only four or five guys. They really are a minority, we look for. ”
So rather than succumb to lexical Masculinism, he has decided not to use the word student in her lesson plans, but a student, taking care to specify footer that is not a question of discrimination based on sex. In his view, the masculine basic rule is the expression of a secular “phallocratic domination”, coupled with a “grammatical sexism”.
Based in Laval for 10 years, Mr. Bettache believes it is high time to move from words to deeds in the recognition of women’s rights. “The discourse on equality between men
Women occupy much ground, but in fact, it does not translate quickly, concretely. I think it’s important to talk about, especially in industrial relations, where one discusses the many legal issues of labor and pay equity. ”
For now, with the exception of an article in the newspaper Impact Campus, the information has not been disseminated on a large scale. Therefore, some colleagues of Mr. Bettache are the perfume of its “pioneering” initiative. But he expects more reactions, although, ultimately, each writer is free to use the kind of choice.
“It’s going to talk, as they say in Quebec … good,” Professor slides from Algeria. “I’m maybe not the first in Quebec to feminize my lesson plans, but my wish is that the debate goes further. It has to come out of the university. ”
Also use there account the women verbally when he addresses his class? “I’ll do almost systematically in the coming days.”
Not only in his profession but also in his everyday life, Mr. Bettache arises staunch ally of women in their struggle for equality. “I am convinced that we must give back the place that was stolen women. […] I am not alone in thinking that a world run by women would be more beautiful and better. ”
Chanel Garceau, president of the General Association of Students of Industrial Relations from Laval University, applauds the initiative “provocative” his teacher.
At first, she says, people smiled in her class, but no one has embarked on a major debate. “I found this charming initiative, especially coming from a man.”
“I thought it was absurd to speak to students using only the masculine simplicity, she denounces. Why do it automatically? ”
For the ending of 25 years, his teaching gesture is a “first step towards neutrality and awareness to refuse all agreements made” all in the search terms that evacuate the concept of discrimination. “I like to think that this is the beginning of a new era.”
More educated women
The proportion of female students at Laval University varies greatly from one faculty to another. According to 2011 statistics, they represent over 85% of the quota in nursing, pharmacy 79%, 77% in education sciences, 70% in medicine and letters. However, they are 33% in forestry, geography and geomatics, and 27% at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
According to the Institut de la statistique du Québec, where nearly 30% of Quebecers hold a university degree, the proportion of graduates in the 25-34 age group reached 35.3% for women against 24.5% in men, a gap of over 10 points.