Luise F. Pusch

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Luise F. Pusch (2013)

Luise F. Pusch (born January 14, 1944 in Gütersloh ) is a German feminist linguist . Together with Senta Trömel-Plötz, she is considered the founder of feminist linguistics in Germany. She has also published under the pseudonym Judith Offenbach .


Luise Pusch studied English , Latin and general linguistics at the University of Hamburg . In 1972, she was in the subject English studies with a dissertation on the substantiation of verbs with Satzkomplementen in English and in German doctorate . In 1978 she qualified as a lecturer in linguistics at the University of Konstanz with the text Contrastive Investigations on the Italian gerundio . From 1979 to 1984 she was a Heisenberg fellow in the field of feminist-linguistic research. In 1981 she published the autobiographical novel Sonja: a melancholy for advanced learners about her partner who died through suicide , under the pseudonym Judith Offenbach. Before feminist language criticism became her specialty, she dealt with syntactic questions such as gerundive construction . Between 1982 and 1985 she was a substitute for a German and an English professorship at the universities of Hanover and Duisburg . In 1985 she was appointed adjunct professor at the University of Konstanz. In 1990 and 1991 she was a substitute for a professorship for women's studies at the University of Münster .

As of January 2014, Pusch has been in a relationship with the US Germanist Joey Horsley (* 1940) since 1986 and lives partly in Hanover and partly in Boston.


Pusch has been committed to gender equitable language since 1979 , for example in essays, glosses, disputes, lectures and workshops.

In her collection of texts, Das Deutsche als Männersprache: Diagnosis and therapeutic proposals, published in 1984, she wrote that there was male-oriented ( androcentric ) discrimination by the standard German language ; this is problematic; the most convincing and simplest solution to the problem is partial degeneracy. Instead, the female endings -in and -innen could be abolished: Female professors would then be named professors or a writer . Due to the expected non-acceptance of this proposal, they called for a stepping up of the internal-I (about students ) to Beidnennungen (students) should be avoided. Often, Pusch advocates the general use of the generic feminine .

In addition to her linguistic work, she has compiled more than 30,000  biographies of women in the FemBio database , of which over 8,000 are available online.

Comments on current affairs

Luise Pusch writes comments on current events on her blog “Laut & Luise”. Some of their contributions are taken over by magazines. a. from Emma .

A few days after the crash of Germanwings flight 9525 , in March 2015 Pusch published a text on her blog and as a comment marked by name in the magazine Emma , in which she called for a quota for women among pilots. The suicide rate in men is four times higher than in women; therefore every female pilot reduces the risk of passengers to become the victim of an extended suicide . Pusch criticized that reporting on the accident was a “blind spot” , as the 14 girls and two boys killed were simply referred to as “16 students” and the two teachers killed as “teachers”.

The text aroused "outrage in the social networks " and reader comments, especially on Twitter , where Emma was accused, among other things, of "instrumentalizing the victims for the quota". Author Pusch defended herself against the “ Shitstorm ” , also on Twitter, and referred to “many readers (who) like the women's quota for the cockpit” as well as an article in Switzerland on Sunday that also supports her thesis factually. The Austrian Women's Ring and other associations regretted the shit storm and called for a discussion of the proposal.


The book women association , a network of women in the book industry, selected Luise F. Pusch as 'Book Woman of the Year 2004'.

On her 70th birthday she was honored with the festschrift Die Sprachwandlerin .

The Darmstadt Luise Büchner Society awarded her the 5th Luise Büchner Prize for Journalism in November 2016 .


  • The nouning of verbs with sentence complements in English and in German. Dissertation at the University of Hamburg 1972. Athenaeum, Frankfurt am Main 1972. (Koch, Planegg 1982, ISBN 3-7610-5706-7 )
  • Contrasting studies on the Italian gerundio: instrumental and modal clauses and the problem of the individualization of events Habilitation thesis at the University of Konstanz 1978, Niemeyer, Tübingen, 1980, ISBN 3-484-10321-3 .
  • Sonja: a melancholy for the advanced . Suhrkamp-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1981, ISBN 3-518-37188-6 . (autobiographical novel under the pseudonym Judith Offenbach)
  • as editor: Feminism: Inspection of men's culture - A manual. (= edition suhrkamp NF. 1192). Frankfurt am Main 1983, ISBN 3-518-11192-2 .
  • German as a men's language: essays and glosses on feminist linguistics. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1984, ISBN 3-518-11217-1 .
  • as editor: Sisters of famous men: Twelve biographical portraits. (= Island TB. 796). Frankfurt am Main 1985, ISBN 3-458-32496-8 .
  • as editor: Famous Women: Calendar . Published annually since 1987 by: Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1987, ISSN  0930-9721 ; ISBN 3-518-38015-X (= Suhrkamp Taschenbücher , Volume 1515 - Calendar 1988); ISBN 978-3-518-46537-0 (= Suhrkamp Taschenbücher , Volume 4537 - Calendar 2015).
  • as editor: Daughters of famous men: Nine biographical portraits. (= Island TB. 979). Frankfurt am Main 1988, ISBN 3-458-32679-0 .
  • All people become sisters: feminist language criticism. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1990, ISBN 3-518-11565-0 .
  • Ladies first: a conversation about feminism, language and sexuality . Palette, Bamberg 1993, ISBN 3-928062-07-7 (= requests to speak , volume 2).
  • as editor, with Sibylle Duda: WahnsinnsFrauen. (= Suhrkamp TB. 1876). Frankfurt am Main 1992, ISBN 3-518-38376-0 .
  • Ladies first: A conversation about feminism, language and sexuality. (= Request to speak. Volume 2). Palette, Bamberg 1993, ISBN 3-928062-07-7 .
  • as editor: Mothers of famous men: Twelve biographical portraits. (= Island TB. 1356). Frankfurt am Main 1994, ISBN 3-458-33056-9 .
  • as editor, with Sibylle Duda: WahnsinnsFrauen. Second volume. suhrkamp TB, Frankfurt am Main 1995, ISBN 3-518-38993-9 .
  • The woman is not worth mentioning: essays, speeches and glosses . Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 3-518-39421-5 .
  • as editor, with Sibylle Duda: WahnsinnsFrauen. Third volume. suhrkamp TB, Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 3-518-39334-0 .
  • with Susanne Gretter (Ed.): Famous Women: 300 Portraits. Insel, Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 3-458-16949-0 .
  • with Susanne Gretter (Ed.): Famous Women 2: 300 Portraits. Insel, Frankfurt am Main 2001, ISBN 3-458-17067-7 .
  • The Head of State's Eggs and other glosses . Wallstein, Göttingen 2008, ISBN 978-3-8353-0280-8 .
  • The emperor says yes: and other glosses . Wallstein, Göttingen 2009, ISBN 978-3-8353-0455-0 .
  • with Joey Horsley: Women's Stories. Famous women and their friends. Wallstein, Göttingen 2010, ISBN 978-3-8353-0634-9 .
  • German in front woman. Glosses critical of language . Wallstein, Göttingen 2011, ISBN 978-3-8353-0863-3 .
  • The dominant cow. New glosses . Wallstein, Göttingen 2013, ISBN 978-3-8353-1223-4 .
  • Justice and gender: new glosses critical of language . Wallstein, Göttingen 2014, ISBN 978-3-8353-1428-3 .
  • The language of the conquerors and other glosses . Wallstein, Göttingen 2016, ISBN 978-3-8353-1896-0


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Individual evidence

  1. Luise F. Pusch: Contrasting studies on the Italian "gerundio" . Max Niemeyer Verlag 1980, ISBN 3-484-10321-3 .
  2. ^ Luise F. Pusch: vita. ( Memento from March 15, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) In: September 24, 2007, accessed July 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Chantal Louis: Luise Pusch: Die Frauensprachlerin . In: Emma. January / February 2014.
    Dorothee Hermann: Luise Pusch and Joey Horsley research the history (s) of love for women . In: Schwäbisches Tagblatt . November 13, 2010.
  4. This is - as emerged from the discussions at that time in their lectures - not a pleonasm , but rather necessary to show that a female professor and not a male professor who might otherwise be involved is meant.
  5. ^ Internet site of FemBio Frauen-Biographieforschung eV
  6. Luise F. Pusch: Women's quota for the cockpit!, March 27, 2015. Blog Laut and Luise .
  7. Health situation of men in Germany, 2014: Chapter 2 - How are men? ( Memento of March 7, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) (= contributions to federal health reporting ). Robert Koch Institute , Berlin 2014, pp. 58–59: 2012 “7,287 deaths from suicide […] in men […], women: 2,603 ​​deaths”.
  8. a b Jenny Becker: "Amoktrips are men's business". Die Zeit , March 29, 2015, accessed on May 3, 2019 .
  9. Tatjana Kerschbaumer: Quota for women in the cockpit? Der Tagesspiegel , March 28, 2015, accessed on May 3, 2019 .
  10. "Emma" irritates with a comment on the Germanwings disaster. Der Spiegel , March 28, 2015, accessed on May 3, 2019 .
  11. This woman is worth talking about - Luise Pusch, Books Woman of the Year 2004 is honored at the Frankfurt Book Fair . Fembio Presse, accessed March 30, 2015.
  12. ^ Inge von Bönninghausen (Ed.): The language converter - Luise F. Pusch. Shouts and objections from friends and companions . Wallstein Verlag , Göttingen, 2014, ISBN 978-3-8353-1427-6 (with contributions by Eva Rieger , Helke Sander , Anatol Stefanowitsch and Senta Trömel-Plötz).
  13. With knowledge and humor in action for women. In: Allgemeine Zeitung. Nov 28, 2016, link , accessed August 18, 2017.