Category Archives: language

Broetry in motion

The humor section of most bookstores is the last place one would look for enlightened views on gender. From Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche to Everything Men Know About Women (SPOILER ALERT: it’s a blank book! Geddit?) humor books rival … Continue reading

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Football Coach Bullies Own Students

Got any spare faith in humanity lying around? (Warning: Link goes to the Faily Heil, which nevertheless seems to have pretty good coverage.) Pat Lynch, football coach at Buffalo High School, Wyoming, gave his players a “Hurt Feelings Report” to … Continue reading

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Strictly Moderated: #MenCallMeThings

Mod Note: If your comment takes the form “this is the Internet, everyone experiences harassment”, “these women should just suck it up when people send them rape threats”, “everything Sady Doyle has ever done is now invalid because she said some unwise, inflammatory things on … Continue reading

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Things That are Not the Same

Inspired, a month and a half on, by other posts by my co-conspirators on language usage, I’ve been thinking about how we in the movement(s) so often talk past each other, without always immediately realizing it. We use the same … Continue reading

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“Shut Up, Rich Boy”: The Problem With “Privilege.”

I’m a feminist writer, but I don’t like to use the word “privilege” in my writing. Here’s why not: 1) It’s antagonistic. I know, I know, it’s not supposed to be.  Everyone is supposed to recognize their privilege and go … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Use The Word Patriarchy

(And You Probably Shouldn’t Either) This post is an appeal to feminists, of a particular kind, a kind I support: feminists who want equality for all, who want to see the world improved for everyone, regardless of how many X … Continue reading

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Asshole uses dick and pussy inappropriately

So one of the asinine media kerfluffles of the moment is the ginned-up controversy over MSNBC pundit Mark Halperin getting suspended for calling President Obama a dick. Because this is soooo much worse than the actual crimes against political discourse … Continue reading

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