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“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

“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

“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  • The prevalence of the word passing in the trans community despite other outdated language falling out of use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

“9 Gender and Sexuality Acronyms You Should Learn” | Mic

  • Meanings of GSM, GNC, and MAAB/FAAB

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

“Press Matters: A Tragedy Amplified by Confusion over Murder Victim’s Gender Identity” | Insider Louisville

  • Misgendering and the need for sensitivity regarding gender identity, especially to victims
  • Associated Press and New York Times style on transgender terminology
  • The problem with assuming gender identity from appearance
  • How to deal with uncertainty or inability to verify someone’s preferred pronoun

“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

QUILTBAG | Apex Magazine

  • Using QUILTBAG to encompass more variations of gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Sci-fi stereotypes of QUILTBAG 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

“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

“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

“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

“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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