Tag Archives: Language

Do as I say, not as I do: On language for SOME of us

TweetFrom Paula Dean to athletes Riley Cooper and Roy Hibbert, 2013 has been the year of the celebs getting caught using discriminatory language. While all of the aforementioned have received their respective slaps on the wrist by way of fines, firings, and contract cuts, they did not go down without some finger wagging of their [...]
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You’ve come a long way, lady

Tweet Ann has a great piece in the (newly launched and very beautiful) New Republic about ladies who call each other, well, ladies. Sifting through the intergenerational interpretations, rap lyrics and colloquialisms, she writes, ….the word “lady” has become core vocabulary of feminism in the age of irony. With its slippery meaning—associations range from grandma’s [...]
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FBI to vote on changing archaic rape definition (Updated)

TweetExciting news! Word around town is that the FBI is considering changing their terribly outdated definition of rape, with a key vote on the the term scheduled during an FBI subcommittee meeting tomorrow. You’ll remember that the FBI currently defines rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will”, which, as [...]
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Obama Racism Watch: GOP Rep says associating with him is like touching a “tar baby”

TweetThe latest dispatch from a post-racial society. Via Think Progress: Appearing on the Caplis and Silverman radio show last Friday, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) said, “Now I don’t even want to have to be associated with [Obama], it’s like touching a tar baby and you’re stuck, you’re part of the problem now. You can’t get [...]
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Overheard in the men’s room

Tweet“So, I was just in the men’s room, and I overheard a conversation that made me think of you.” When you’re a feminist blogger, a lot of conversations with your friends begin this way. In this case, my friend Charles was right: the conversation he had overheard did interest me. We were at a wedding [...]
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