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Militant, radical, man-hating: How our public discourse describes feminists

When Beyoncé celebrated the word feminist on Sunday night, she was working against a history of celebrities and others rejecting the label feminist. Why do so many women, famous or not, reject the term, while seeming to support the basic

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Posted in Language and gender, Media discourse and media bias

No really, bossy is gendered.

My post on the gendered use of the word bossy has gotten a lot of attention in the past week. In it, I presented a modest bit of data to support Sheryl Sandberg’s campaign attempting to raise awareness of the obstacles

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and gender

Some data to support the gendered nature of “bossy”

Recently, public figures like Sheryl Sandberg and Ariana Huffington have been calling attention to the labeling of young girls’ behaviors and particularly how the labels are often differently applied to young girls but not young boys. In particular the word bossy

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and gender

Communication skills for women: Profiting off of the marginalization of women in the workplace

We live in a world where men’s practices and ways of being are largely viewed as ‘the norm’. Women, to the extent, that they are even recognized as having practices and ways of being are seen as needing to fix

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Posted in Language and gender

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

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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