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Herstory or History? Is this a false neologism?
The word “herstory” seems to be defined as “history from a feminist perspective”.
It seems like the perpetrators of that awful word were offended by the three letters “his” (as in the word “History”) and decided to replace them with the “her”.
Of course, the problem with that assumption is that ‘history’ comes from ancient Greek, then Roman meaning “to judge” and “learning and knowing by inquiry”. (Yes, there is a tertiary source that alludes to a “learned man”, but that’s less accepted).
All of this is a detour to asking the main question:
Is ‘herstory’ to be considered a word suitable for discourse? Or is it (as I think) an invented term created for a political reason, ignoring the etymology of the original term?