language
annoying
Please share your least favorite Internet catchphrases -- you know, terms like "amazeballs." Or the dreaded, godforsaken "selfie."
race
It’s never about one word, it’s about the intonations that seem to arise when having any interracial exchange.
language
I believe very strongly that language is a living, responsive thing. We are constantly developing news ways of expressing things because we are thinking of new things, conceiving of new possibilities.
in

Nov 25, 2013 at 12:00pm | 311 comments

uptalk
A lot of folks are very concerned lately that this habit is ruining our young women by making them sound like air-headed insecure simpletons. I strongly disagree.
in

Feb 25, 2014 at 1:00pm | 263 comments

language
I, like millions and millions of other English speakers both native and non, can generally understand words and phrases that haven't come out of a grammar textbook.
race
When a white girl called me that word, I knew I should ignore her, but I couldn't.
in

May 13, 2014 at 12:00pm | 204 comments

culture
Sometimes I wonder if it's too late to bridge that cultural divide.
language
While it’s cool to know that being bilingual has scads of smarty-pants benefits, the study overlooks many other things that are awesome about knowing more than one language. But don’t worry -- I’m here to help with five more!
gender
This isn’t about saying that men and women don’t exist: it’s about saying that the world is a whole lot bigger than dudes and ladies.
real history
I'm starting a girl gang and I'm calling it FUSTY LUGGS; who's coming with me?
in

Apr 15, 2014 at 12:30pm | 115 comments

weekend
Apparently almost everyone who was there has a much better memory of a drunken me cussing someone out in French than I do.
dating
I almost included your gyno appointment, but I feel like some dudes would be real into that.
in

May 29, 2013 at 5:00pm | 54 comments

language
Black speak is my first language, too, the tongue I feel most comfortable chatting, even blogging, in.
in

Feb 22, 2013 at 6:00pm | 37 comments

body politics
I use the word “fat” to describe myself, and not in a humorous way, or a self-deprecating way. I use it because it’s true.
body politics
I was horrified when I visited the xoJane main page, only to find a transmisogynistic slur, a word so hateful that I will not repeat it, not here, not anywhere, not ever, proudly emblazoned across the main page in connection with an interview with the Kardashian sisters.
language
Everyone's got a story. Mine just happens to have been written by somebody else.
in

Nov 10, 2011 at 4:09pm | 0 comments