Articles about 'language'

“I’m not a TERF, but…”

Jo Whitehead despairs at Jenni Murray’s recent assertion that trans women cannot be ‘real’ women

Joanna Whitehead // 6 March 2017

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Features, Language, Politics and Current Affairs, Stereotypes, Violence

How to have a conversation about Keith Vaz

Shoshana Devora considers why the language we use when discussing Keith Vaz is important within the broader context of LGBT+ MPs

Shoshana Devora // 7 September 2016

Categories: Blog

No more bro talk

Bro talk isn’t just a bit of fun – our guest blogger Nicola writes about how sexist and demunizing it can be

Nicola // 14 July 2016

Categories: Blog

Please can we stop calling Jeremy Hunt a cunt

Shoshana Devora worries that there is underlying misogyny in critics' attempts to shame Jeremy Hunt by comparing him to female genitalia - we should be talking about our cunts in a celebratory way

Shoshana Devora // 13 February 2016

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized

On sexism and immigration

Responding to David Cameron's concerns about the isolation of migrant Muslim women, D H Kelly highlights the ways in which our immigration system is indirectly sexist and can put women at risk

D H Kelly // 22 January 2016

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized

Man up or grow a pair

D H Kelly explores the contradictory uses of the word "man" to depict both personal strength and childish insecurity

D H Kelly // 24 November 2015

Categories: Blog

Being invisi-bi

How can we talk about people in a way that acknowledges bisexuality? Megan Stodel explores the barriers and looks for answers

Megan Stodel // 27 August 2015

Categories: Blog

Authenticity in a sci-fi world

D H Kelly watches Sense8 and finds a realistic depiction of human sexuality

D H Kelly // 18 August 2015

Categories: Reviews, Television

Addressing disablism at The F-Word

On Blogging Against Disablism Day 2015, we commit to tackling disablism on The F-Word

Editor // 1 May 2015

Categories: Blog

On Mansplaining

'Mansplain' has become the Macquarie Dictionary 'Word of the Year 2014'. D H Kelly examines whether the over-use of this humorous term might undermine the aims of feminism

D H Kelly // 6 February 2015

Categories: Blog

What’s in a name?

“So… what exactly do I call you?” It’s a question that makes my heart sink every time some well-meaning soul asks it. Like a lot of people, I don’t feel...

Gemma Varnom // 17 June 2014

Categories: Blog

Sexism and semantics

Lorna Neville shares the results of her analysis of gendered and sexist language in The Independent newspaper throughout September

Guest Blogger // 28 October 2013

Categories: Blog

The good type of insult

Philippa shares a video of an officer of the Division of Political Correctness, who explains that choosing non-offensive language is not a matter of free speech

Philippa Willitts // 16 August 2013

Categories: Blog

What being a Welsh speaker taught me about feminism

Elisa draws parallels between Welsh speakers' rejection of English language hegemony and feminists' rejection of other forms of hegemony

Elise Haf // 23 July 2013

Categories: Blog

Guest song of the day: Robots in Disguise – Girl

It's not a dirty word! Hayley Foster da Silva gives praise to a celebratory song from Robots in Disguise

Guest Blogger // 4 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Call it what you want

A guest post from Lisa Glass on the naming of vaginas, after a US politician got into trouble for using the word

Guest Blogger // 22 June 2012

Categories: Blog

Calling out disablist language

Laura highlights what's wrong with some of the most frequently-used disablist language, and suggests ways to avoid using it.

Laura // 1 May 2012

Categories: Blog

“Pull up your skirt to prove you’re a real woman”

This is a guest post by Elin Weiss & Hennie Weiss about the transphobic treatment experienced by Jenna Talackova following her participation in the recent Miss Universe Canada competition.

Guest Blogger // 12 April 2012

Categories: Blog

An apology

I’m posting on behalf of the whole F-Word bloggers’ collective to apologise for the publication of a guest blog post containing disablist language on Monday. The post, On banter and...

Laura // 28 March 2012

Categories: Blog

First discovering you are pregnant :-/

Yasmin discusses how she was expected to ignore both her fears and her feminism upon becoming pregnant.

Guest Blogger // 21 March 2012

Categories: Blog

Ask A Feminist #6: A question of nuance

This week's Ask A Feminist tries to reconcile two potentially conflicting feminist beliefs relating to women's dress and speech.

Laura // 22 February 2012

Categories: Blog

What colour is nude?

Elin Weiss has a master’s degree in women’s studies. Hennie Weiss is currently working on her master’s degree in sociology. Their interests include the sexualisation and representation of women in...

Guest Blogger // 3 January 2012

Categories: Blog

Things that are not like rape *Trigger warning*

After Johnny Depp describes being in a photoshoot as like being raped, Philippa writes about these comparisons, and about how the word being used in this way is diminishing the experience of survivors.

Philippa Willitts // 5 October 2011

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

You know the drill: feel free to comment and link away below the line. As usual, The F-Word collective does not endorse any of the articles we link to, these...

Laura // 27 June 2011

Categories: Blog

Men and women: are we really worlds apart?

Do women and men talk differently? And, if they do, why? Kitty Sadler explores the theories

Kitty Sadler // 13 March 2011

Categories: Language

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