From the World of Conscious Language
Here’s Why BuzzFeed News Is No Longer Hyphenating “Antisemitism” | BuzzFeed News
“The hyphen accentuates ‘Semitism’ and implies the existence of a Semitic race of people.”
“It’s about weaning ourselves off the entire approach of criticizing opposing political views by calling those who hold them unintelligent or irrational.”
Women? Womxn? Womyn? | The Butler Collegian
“For a trans woman who has fought long and hard to be recognized as [a woman], being labeled as a womxn can be harmful and othering. For this reason, many have circled back to using ‘woman’ rather than ‘womxn.’”
“You can just as easily address the problems BIPOC aims to solve by being specific when you’re talking about a specific group. If you’re talking about Black folks, say Black folks.”
Association Shifts Its Messaging From “Awareness” to “Acceptance” | Associations Now
“Acceptance leads to inclusion, and inclusion leads to belonging.” —Christopher Banks, president and CEO, Autism Society of America
What Words We Use—and Avoid—When Covering People and Incarceration | The Marshall Project
“The stigma and material consequences of incarceration are so deep that what seems like a basic descriptor to journalists becomes a permanent, potentially life-altering label.”
“Ableist jokes on TV and movies…feed into a culture of dehumanisation that portrays people with disabilities and neurodivergent people as less than human and less deserving of respect.”
Make Space for “Whole Whale”
Written by Conscious Style Guide founder Karen Yin,
Whole Whale is a picture book about inclusiveness.
Coming out May 1, 2021, from Barefoot Books. Illustrated by Nelleke Verhoeff.
Available for preorder everywhere books are sold.
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What It’s Like to Have a Period as a Non-Binary Person: “We Need to Stop Associating Periods With Womanhood” | Health
“How about we just label pads, tampons, and pain relief for periods ‘menstrual products’ [instead of ‘feminine hygiene’ and ‘women’s health care’] and call it a day?”
What Is a Microaggression? 14 Things People Think Are Fine to Say at Work—But Are Actually Racist, Sexist, or Offensive | Insider
Here are some of the most common microaggressions in the workplace and what to say or do instead.
University Lecturer Brands Google “Sexist” as Translate Function Suggests Men “Make Lots of Money” While Women “Wash Dishes and Clean” | WalesOnline
“Her tweet read: ‘Hungarian is a gender-neutral language, it has no gendered pronouns, so Google Translate automatically chooses the gender for you…’”
Burger King Deletes International Women’s Day Tweet After Getting Grilled as Its Intent Is Misinterpreted | AdAge
“The backlash to the attempt at flipping the intention of ‘women belong in the kitchen’ shows the risk of getting too playful with social media marketing, especially when many viewers see messages in isolation.”
A look at the history and the current use and controversies of the term “local” in Hawaii.
“A group of more than 80 people with an interest in animal welfare, including Dr. Jane Goodall, have signed a letter calling on the editors of the Associated Press Stylebook to change their guidance.”
CSG in the News
Words Matter: Copyediting as a Process for (or Against) Social Change | Poets & Writers
“Some [fellow writers of color] were dismayed by how their writing had been whitewashed by having culturally relevant language removed or been pushed to include copious explanatory language, detracting from their narrative.”
“In order to uphold equity, diversity, and/or inclusivity, everyone needs to be on the same page. So then when someone comes knocking, looking for a way in, someone is there to answer it.” —Adebe DeRango-Adem
From the Archives
“Hapa”: A Unique Case of Cultural Appropriation by Multiracial Asian Americans? | Conscious Style Guide
“Even if the word hapa was originally adapted from English, uneven power dynamics still exist when debating who gets to use this word and for what.”
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