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“Call Me ‘They'” | The New York Times

  • “I would hope to call you ‘they’ too, because the world will be slightly better off if we abandoned unnecessary gender signifiers as a matter of routine communication.”

“Epicene ‘They’ Is Gaining Greater Acceptance” | Copyediting

  • The perception that the singular they is ungrammatical
  • The push for the singular they at the 2015 American Copy Editors Society conference
  • The problem with pinning an identity on a gender-nonconforming person

“The Finkbeiner Test” | Columbia Journalism Review

  • A checklist for avoiding gratuitous mentions of a female scientist’s sex, her husband’s job, childcare arrangements, and more

“4 Reasons Couples Call Each Other ‘My Partner'” | MindBodyGreen

  • “‘Partner’ is free from all the cultural baggage layered onto all its gendered alternatives.”

“A Guide to Writing Recommendation Letters That Aren’t Sexist” | Quartz

“Guys, Can We Stop Calling Everyone ‘Guys’ Already?” | Mic

  • The consequences of assuming that the default human is male
  • How male-centric language erases non-male identities
  • How gendered words affect perception

He, She, or…? Gender-Neutral Pronouns Reduce Biases—Study” | The Guardian

  • A new study “shows how a minor change in language can help chip away at long-standing gender inequities.”

“How to Take ‘Bitch’ Down: What The New York Times Gets Right and Wrong About the Controversial Word” | Salon

“I’m a Trans Man Who Doesn’t ‘Pass’—and You Shouldn’t Either” | Advocate

  • The prevalence of the word passing in the trans community despite other outdated language falling out of use
  • How passing implies deception, fakery, and inauthenticity
  • Being recognized vs. passing

“The Long Fight for Bisexual Inclusion” | Bisexual.org

  • The absence of bisexual people and bi visibility in organization names, articles, discussions, and media
  • The hypocrisy of the LGBT community for ignoring the needs of the bi community

“The Problem with ‘Man-Bag’ and Other ‘Man’ Words” | The Atlantic

  • A fun pop-culture trend that has insidious effects on gender perception
  • The real-life consequences of using “man words”
  • Negative stereotypes of men

“Pronouns Matter: Misgendering Transgender Persons” | Communities Digital News

  • How some trans people experience a lifetime of misgendering
  • Deliberate misgendering as a form of resistance, erasure, psychological warfare, and/or an act of violence against trans people

“Seven Ways to Make Your Language More Transgender and Nonbinary Inclusive” | Odyssey

  • The singular they
  • The problem with opposite sex and both sexes
  • The problem with born a girl/boy and biological woman/man

“Stop Calling Women Runners ‘Joggers'” | Runner’s World

  • The difference between running and jogging
  • How jogger trivializes a woman’s athleticism

“Trans/Sex: From ‘Girldick’ to ‘Clit,’ What Trans Women Call Their Genitalia” | The Daily Dot

  • “Outside of ‘girldick,’ ‘clit,’ and ‘outie,’ there’s a long list of words that non-op trans girls draw on to describe their privates, including gender-neutral terms like ‘strapless’ and ‘junk.'”

“The Violence Behind the Words ‘Be a Man'” | Bitch Media

  • The unexamined role gender plays in violence
  • Dealing with a culture that associates masculinity with guns and violence
  • Men’s violence due to socialization and education, not inherent aggression

“What Are We Teaching Boys When We Discourage Them From Reading Books About Girls?” | The Washington Post

  • “What happens to a culture that encourages girls to read books about boys but shoos boys away from reading books about girls?”

“Why People Are Mad About the Term ‘Menstruators’” | Xtra

  • “Calling folks who menstruate ‘menstruating people’ (or the inverse) is beneficial because it allows us to narrow our focus to only the people who are affected by the issue we’re trying to address.”

“Why We Need to Reclaim the Word ‘Female'” | Time

  • The history of using the noun female as a pejorative for men and women
  • The problem with letting simple descriptions become derogatory
  • The ongoing reclamation of broad and bossy

“Women Are Reclaiming the Word ‘Barren’ to Talk About Their Fertility Issues” | Metro.co.uk

“Womyn, Wimmin, and Other Folx” | Boston Globe

“The Word ‘Cisgender’ Is Anti-Trans” | Technology and Language

  • How cisgender developed in reaction to transgender
  • The four different and overlapping meanings of transgender
  • How cisgender promotes a narrow definition of transgender, excluding the wider trans community by labeling them cis

“The Word *** Shouldn’t Be Censored, and Here’s Why” | Gay Times

  • “The speech [by Zoe Leonard] contains the words ‘fag’ and ’dyke’, but in this context one would argue that it was an empowering use of this language.”

“Words for Every Body” | Aeon

  • Why trans-inclusive terminology doesn’t erase cis women’s identities.
  • “What we need is not a single, objectively correct set of words, but an awareness of individual variation among the people that such words describe, and a willingness to adjust to changing contexts and circumstances.”

“You Just Went Full Sir on the Ma’am: How to Apologize for Misgendering Someone” | The Toast

  • How to acknowledge your misgendering and handle it with aplomb

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