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From the World of Conscious Language
Eat Your Words | Strong Language
Editor Iva Cheung covers food-based slurs, which she describes as “expressions attacking foods that people choose to include in their diets.”
“This is not about nine letters that form four syllables—it’s about the motivation behind them.”
Matthew A. Cherry Wants “Hair Love” to “Chip Away at” Negative Stereotypes Around Black Fathers | Essence
“We really went out of our way to make sure the dad looks like any young father that you see today and get away from that stereotype of what a safe Black man looks like.” —Matthew A. Cherry
Why You Should Learn This Design Principle | Lifehacker
“The heart of design isn’t making something look good or feel innovative, but to consider the experience of the end recipient.”
“Now you’ll get both a feminine and masculine translation for a single word—like ‘surgeon’—when translating from English into French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish…And we’re already thinking about how to address non-binary gender in translations.”
Not Male or Female? Germans Can Now Choose “Diverse” | The New York Times
“The change came more than a year after Germany’s highest court ruled that binary gender designations were discriminatory and in violation of guarantees of personal freedom.”
15 Ways to Bring More Positive Language Into Your Classroom and School | We Are Teachers
“It can be hard to find the kind of mindfulness and positive language we hope to model. Here are a few ways we can do that with just some small adjustments to our words.”
Beacon Press Set to Publish Radical Histories for Teens | Publishers Weekly
A new series of books for young adults will feature stories of underrepresented groups in American history written from diverse viewpoints.
Please Stop Telling My Children They’re “Lucky” | Scary Mommy
“These ‘compliments’ scream an unhealthy message to my children: that we, the parents, are superheroes or saviors, while our kids should be grateful that we swooped in to save them.”
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“An organization representing people with dwarfism is pushing for Alberta hockey teams to remove the [slur] from age categorizations and league names.”
People who identify under the imperfect “pagan” umbrella “have one thing in common: we are religious minorities struggling in a society that is codified, stamped, and molded into Christian mindsets and ideas.”
Words Matter: The Language of Suicidal Self-Directed Violence | Psychiatric Times
“The incongruity between recommended reporting guidelines and the language often utilized by the popular press provides evidence of a significant disconnect between the field of mental health and the media.”
Sexual Harassment Poster From Japanese Government Draws Criticism for Seemingly Taking Men’s Side | JapanToday
“The look on [Mikihisa] Azuma’s face in the central photo, as well as the phrasing of the warning in blue, have some online commenters upset over what they interpret as the poster emphasizing the wrong victim.”
It Finally Sinks In That Some People Aren’t White | Nieman Lab
“It’s perfectly fine to write and report specifically about the experience of white Americans, just as it is to write and report specifically about the experiences of members of other racial identity groups…The important thing is that we are aware when we are doing it, and that we communicate it to audiences.”
“Though it’s a slur—in fact, because it’s a slur—it’s the type of word that could force people to face its long, storied history of racism and resistance directly, every time they hear it.”
“Studies have found that giving thanks and counting blessings can help people sleep better, lower stress and improve interpersonal relationships.”
From the Archives
How to Speak Up Against Casual Hate | Conscious Style Guide
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In Case You Missed It
Interested in conscious language in the world of religion? The December newsletter includes articles on Hebrew for nonbinary people, positive news coverage of Muslims, and textual notes warning of anti-Semitic passages in the Quran and New Testament.
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