Monthly Archives: June 2013

Language privilege: What it is and why it matters

Privilege. It’s a controversial word, one many of us don’t like to talk about. Some people associate it with guilt or with being accused of being racist, sexist, or homophobic. Many people have become tired of hearing all of the

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Posted in Human migration, Ideology and social change, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

What a linguist does on Father’s Day: Humor, gender roles, and greeting cards

When I was younger, I bought my mother an electric can opener for Christmas one year. I thought, “hey, our old one broke, so this is a practical gift”. I had no ill intentions with it. I had saved some

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and gender

Is it racist to call “no homo” homophobic?

After I wrote in my last post that “no homo” propagates a homophobic ideology, I encountered a number of people claiming that resistance to “no homo” stemmed from racism masquerading as a concern for gay rights. In particular Hakeem Muhammed writes, “While

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Why “no homo” is homophobic (in case you somehow missed it)

Interestingly, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has recently given me a number of reasons to pay attention to what’s happening in professional sports. I don’t really know what games are being played, but I have been paying attention to the

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Posted in Ideology and social change

On the ‘F’ bomb: Feminism’s “branding problem”

A few days ago, a bunch of men got on Fox News and said stupid stuff about women, which hardly seems worth talking about. However, in case you missed it, here’s my favorite delicious morsel of misogyny from RedState blogger

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Posted in Ideology and social change

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