Among the modern attitudes of language study which emerged in the middle of the Twentieth century is sexism. It is the first serious attempt to reform the traditional English language which is characterized by gender bias towards males. The current study aims at shedding light at the traditional eighteenth century English as an example of dominating sexist language in the light of the main principles of sexism. Wilde’s famous novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is the target of the study. It will form the basic material for the study analysis. This study differentiates as a first step between the terms sexism, gender, and sexuality. It deals with the sexist language used by Oscar Wilde in writing his famous novel. This literary work is analysed according to Sara Mills model suggested in her book “Sexism and Language”. This models falls into three levels: Overt sexism, Indirect sexism, and Discourse analysis level. Only two of these levels have been adopted in the present paper that are: Overt sexism level and Discourse analysis level. Showing that language can be used as a social means to gender based discrimination is what the study aims to deliver by means of pointing out examples of the two levels mentioned above.
Sexism, Overt Sexism, Implied Sexism, , Dorian Gray.