Articles by Conscious Style Guide
For children’s books, a copyeditor looks at more than words.
Building trust with readers by providing a clear why.
The food media’s overglorification of “Grandma’s cooking.”
It’s time to show respect by not overemphasizing gender.
On our evolving understandings of racial categorization and cultural identity.
Celebrating the power of speculative fiction to challenge our preconceptions.
A tip sheet from Journalist’s Resource to help journalists think more deeply about how they select and cover stories.
Can this gendered term of endearment be reclaimed as empowering?
When trendy areas adopt place names with deep roots, like L.A.’s “Eastside.”
On embracing a Hawaiian identity without the experience of colonization and inequality.
Guidance from Rewire.News and the 2018 Associated Press Stylebook.
On the practice of assuming that straightness and Whiteness are culturally neutral.
On the importance of using conscious language.
Conscious Style Guide speaks with Steve Kleinedler.
On the historical divisiveness of an unnecessary punctuation mark.
Changing our attitudes toward children.
Remarks from “Is This Racist? How Editors Can Identify Hidden Bias” at the 2017 ACES: The Society for Editing conference.
When imprecise language confuses, conflates, and excludes.
Basic guidelines for fair and accurate reporting.
Watching language change in action.
Carnivorous expressions serve to exclude, not include.
When Black and White are used as racial terms.
Small touches that help screen-reader users feel included.
And forming relationships with new ones to make room for more of us.
Why inclusive language in the age of Trump means speaking the ugly truth.
Guidance from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Dealing with discrimination from inside and outside one’s communities.
And when biased language promotes visibility.
On borrowing the wisdom of mindfulness meditation to explore the desire for equanimity and emotional liberation.
Stereotyping one gender means simultaneously stereotyping another.
The problem with using language shrouded in assumptions.
Basic guidelines for covering the disability community.
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.
Talking about members of the transgender community with sensitivity and accuracy.
When hedging gets in the way.
The consequences for editors of being invisible.
How biased language promotes stereotypes and erasure of bisexual people.
Accepting the challenges inherent in understanding one another.