Update to Transgender Style Guide: “Sex Versus Gender,” Intersex Considerations, Talking About Transition, and More! - The fourth major update to the Radical Copyeditor's Style Guide for Writing About Trans People
Thirty Everyday Phrases that Perpetuate the Oppression of Indigenous Peoples - Language is a vessel of cultural stories, values, and norms—and in the U.S., everyday language perpetuates the oppression of Indigenous Peoples. Learn 30 terms worth questioning in terms of their origins and impact.
It’s Time to Reject the “Cross-Dressing Killer” Archetype: An Open Letter to JK Rowling and the World - The "cross-dressing killer" is a fictional archetype that has caused immense harm to trans communities. It's time to stop telling these stories.
What’s in a Word: Mx. - Mx. is a non-binary or gender-neutral title of courtesy, equivalent to Ms., Mrs., and Mr. Learn where it came from and the controversy over how it should be used.
“All Lives Matter”? Not Until Black Ones Do - Be a radical copyeditor. When someone says "all lives matter," engage with them (particularly if you are a white person, like me), and help them understand why saying this makes things worse, not better.
Toni Morrison and the Power of Language - In the words of Angela Davis, "Her words have radically altered the lives that we live."
Re-Humanizing Immigrant Communities in the Age of Trump: 5 Language Practices - Get five practices to center immigration justice in how you talk about, write about, and resist dehumanization and violence toward immigrant communities in the United States.
What’s in a Word: Enby - The word "enby" refers to a non-binary person. Find out where the term came from and in what contexts it's appropriate to use it.
Ask a Radical Copyeditor: Are There Limits to Self-Identity Language? - Every person gets to have full agency over the language they use to describe themself, even if those words are experienced by others as oppressive.
Update to Transgender Style Guide: Avoiding Invalidating Language Traps - Announcing an update to the transgender style guide: four new sections on how to avoid writing or talking about trans people in ways that are invalidating or otherwise harmful.