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Stupid Words You Shouldn't Use: Capitalism

I recently finished reading Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago. When I was about halfway through, I told a friend that Solzhenitsyn’s descriptions of the Gulag’s forced labor camps served as a thorough indictment of the Soviet regime and its communist ideology. 582 more words

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Stupid Words You Shouldn't Use: Homophobia

There are a lot of terms we have for people who harbor prejudice against others. Racist. Misogynist. Antisemite. &c. I think most of these terms are overused, because our culture confuses self-righteous name-calling with “advocacy.” But they can still be useful words. 445 more words

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Stupid Words You Shouldn't Use: "Offensive"

Yesterday I had a conversation with some acquaintances, during which one of the acquaintances said that she didn’t think that “political correctness” was a real thing. 1,110 more words

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Stupid Words You Shouldn't Use: Cisgender

We are obsessed with what is “normal.” We hear people saying not to “normalize” Donald Trump’s behavior toward women, or condemning our culture’s “heteronormativity” (i.e. the assumption that opposite-sex attraction is the norm, with same-sex attraction being anomalous). 674 more words

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A Rule Regarding Words

As a general rule, you should avoid throwing around words that you can’t define in a coherent fashion. For example, you shouldn’t call Ann Coulter a fascist unless you actually know what “fascist” means. 278 more words

Stupid Words You Shouldn't Use: "Toxic Masculinity"

This will be a series in which I tell the world how it ought to speak. My recommendations are not binding, as I have no authority to impose my speech preferences on the world. 744 more words

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We've all said "a few stupid things" #HeWhoIsWithoutSinCastFirstStone

If we’re honest, I’ll bet we’ve ALL said a few stupid things that we wish we never said. 

And I’d bet that we’re glad that most of us didn’t have someone (non-consensually) recording us to bring out and embarrass us later. 124 more words