Every Monday, I share some of what I’ve been reading in the past week.
Person-centered language is fantastic, but it’s not the end-all and be-all: you still have to actually center the person.
I was fascinated to read the life story of a crusader for Ms. as a title.
Deborah Cameron, on banal sexism: “That’s why statements like ‘lovely day today’ are almost invariably met with agreement: ‘Yes, beautiful!’ It would be odd to respond with something like ‘well actually it’s two degrees below the mean temperature for mid-July’. That might be an impressive demonstration of your meteorological knowledge, but it would also reveal your social incompetence, since you’d have missed the whole point of a phatic exchange. It’s the same with banal sexism: challenging the proposition (‘well, actually studies show that men talk more than women in most situations’) will be seen as a peculiar and hostile act. It’s especially hard to challenge a joke, because no one wants to be accused of lacking a sense of humour.”