From the World of Conscious Language

Note: The authors’ viewpoints are not necessarily shared by Conscious Style Guide. 

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.”

How Giving Up Ableist Insults Can Help Heal Our Politics | Forbes

“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.’”

“BIPOC” Isn’t Doing What You Think It’s Doing | Newsweek

“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.”

Why Are We Still Getting “Jokes” About Seizures on TV Shows? | Mashable

“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.”

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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.”

What the Term “Local” Means in Hawaii, and Why It’s Controversial | SFGate

A look at the history and the current use and controversies of the term “local” in Hawaii.

Opinion: Animals Deserve Gender Pronouns, Too | NPR

“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.”

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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.”

Meet Adebe DeRango-Adem, Editors Canada Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Adviser | BoldFace

“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.”

In Case You Missed It

The Conscious Language Newsletter: March 2021

Examining and disrupting gender stereotypes, teaching about consent, reclaiming slurs, and more.

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The Editors of Color Database, a project of Conscious Style Guide, is a free service that connects employers and recruiters with editors, proofreaders, and sensitivity readers of color in the U.S. and Canada. It’s also free to submit job listings for distribution to our private network of editorial pros. The Editors of Color website is home to the Database of Diverse Databases, now with over 75 resources featuring underrepresented communities. Diversify your staff and sources now!

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