Conscious Language in The American Heritage Dictionary | Conscious Style Guide
The “R-Word” in the Age of Trump | NPR Code Switch
The word “racist” addresses the “historical context of the behavior, the thoughts, the actions. Right? If you want to signal the connection to that historical behavior, you use the word.”
—Phillip Goff, president of the Center for Policing Equity
“Swearing has become a feminist act” and can be a teachable moment.
Here’s Why Most Newspapers and TV Stations Aren’t Censoring Trump’s Vulgar Language | The Washington Post
“Such a comment made by the president, especially in front of several witnesses, is newsworthy…It was incumbent on media outlets to present what he said without expurgation or euphemization.” —Ben Zimmer, lexicographer and Wall Street Journal language columnist
We use filler words like “um” and “uh” because “in the high-speed to-and-fro of conversation, going silent won’t work.”
From the editor’s note to the conclusion, this is a thoughtful article on past and current inclusion, representation, and depiction of disability on TV shows.
“How we see women depicted and treated in fiction does spread out to the wider world and how women are treated there.”
“If we want to fight the power of self-delusion, we need tales of honesty. We should find and loudly laud the awesome folks who have done the painful work of admitting error.”
Healthy Masculinity: 14 Books About Gentle Boys | Book Riot
It’s a lot harder to assault women or take away the rights of transgender people when you have empathized with their full humanity. Boys (and also, everyone else) must read books as windows into the lives of others.
It’s Time to Rethink the Term “LGBTIQA+” | The Wire
“The term ‘LGBTI’ combines sexuality (lesbian, gay, bisexual) with gender identity (trans) and gender characteristics (intersex).”
“Finding diverse sources, and tracking them, takes time, but not that much time. I reckon it adds 15 minutes per piece, or an hour or so of effort over a week.”
“Talking about successful women scientists without also discussing what is needed to fall into place for them could ring hollow—whereas the Finkbeiner test seeks to eliminate just such supposedly miscellaneous information.”
DC Episcopal Diocese Scraps “Gendered Language” for God, Opens Activities Based on Gender ID | The Christian Post
The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., resolved “to utilize expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition and, when possible, to avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God.”
Iva Cheung Talks About Plain Language, Accessibility, and Cartooning | CMOS Shop Talk
“Plain language doesn’t just help convey information; it can dramatically change how a person feels about that information.” —Iva Cheung, Certified Professional Editor specializing in plain-language editing
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