Category Archives: Language Politics

On Twitter, White Men With Followers Can Change Racist Behavior

This researcher programmed bots to fight racism on Twitter. It worked. – The Washington Post The Post’s headline isn’t quite accurate. For one thing, they weren’t really “bots” (which to me suggests a program operating somewhat autonomously); they were puppet … Continue reading

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The Map of Love, by Ahdaf Soueif

I have written before about how impoverished our vocabulary for love is, and so I found this post on Facebook by Ajam Media Collective absolutely fascinating: Post by Ajam Media Collective. Cross-posted.

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“Undocumented Immigrants” versus “Illegals”: A conversation about power and respect

A very short play (or maybe a future comic strip, if I think of a punchline): SHERMY: Now, what William here proposes we increase widget production. BILLY: Actually, it’s “Billy,” if you don’t mind. SHERMY: I think I like “William” … Continue reading

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Dear Obama: Women Are People. Not just the Wives, Mothers and Daughters of People.

In the State of the Union, Obama used a habitual rhetorical device for referring to women: “We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free … Continue reading

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If it’s rape, call it rape

An interesting article by the public editor of the New York Times, Arthur S. Brisbane, in response to complaints he received about how the Times’ handled descriptions of the allegations against Jerry Sandusky. Some readers, responding to The New York … Continue reading

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Kids Say the Darnedest Things!

I was sorting through some old papers and came across a photocopy of this clipping from what I am pretty sure was The New York Times. I have not, however, been able to confirm that. If anyone can tell me … Continue reading

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In Defense Of The "B" Word

[Crossposted on Family Scholars Blog, Alas, and TADA. Arguments for the legitimacy of discrimination against LGBT people are not allowed on Alas.] In this post, I am not arguing that opposing same-sex marriage (SSM) is a bigoted policy. I will … Continue reading

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The Politics of Language

When I was getting my master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), we learned about a study–I wish I could remember the details, but it’s been more than 20 years, and I have forgotten–which measured the … Continue reading

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