For anyone curious or serious about conscious language.

The latest observations, opinions, and style guides on conscious language—all in one place. Brought to you by the creator of AP vs. Chicago.

The False Divide Between “Well Educated” and “Less Educated”

When imprecise language confuses, conflates, and excludes.

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From Bias and Blame to Balance: Sensitive Style for Covering Sexual Violence

Basic guidelines for fair and accurate reporting.

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Themself Is a Perfectly Cromulent Word

Watching language change in action.

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Putting Language on a Meat-Free Diet

Carnivorous expressions serve to exclude, not include.

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Capitalizing for Equality

When Black and White are used as racial terms.

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Making Web Images Accessible to People Who Are Blind

Small touches that help screen-reader users feel included.

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Breaking Up With Words

And forming relationships with new ones to make room for more of us.

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Euphemism Is Dead

Why inclusive language in the age of Trump means speaking the ugly truth.

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How to Speak Up Against Casual Hate

Guidance from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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An American Nowhere

Dealing with discrimination from inside and outside my communities.

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When Bias-Free Language Excludes

And when biased language promotes visibility.

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Make Peace With Words

On borrowing the wisdom of mindfulness meditation to explore the desire for equanimity and emotional liberation.

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How Sexist Language Hurts Men

Stereotyping one gender means simultaneously stereotyping another.

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When “Coming Out” Puts People in the Closet

The problem with using language shrouded in assumptions.

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Disability Style Guide Expands Coverage

Basic guidelines for covering the disability community.

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AP and Chicago on Sexist Language

We might not get it right, but we must try. Notes and resources (and tweets!) from Karen Yin’s presentation at the “Sexist Creeps: How to Catch and Fix Sexist Language” panel session at ACES 2016.

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Trans Terminology 201

Talking about members of the transgender community with sensitivity and accuracy.

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Pruning Hedges: Editing for Confidence

When hedging gets in the way.

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What Needs to Change

The consequences for editors of being invisible.

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When Bisexual People Marry

How biased language promotes stereotypes and erasure of bisexual people.

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