language

If you refuse to accept “I can’t” and “It’s impossible” as answers when your children encounter problems, you’ll help them strengthen their critical thinking muscles.

Remove The Words 'Can't' And 'Impossible' From Your Parenting Vocabulary

Here's why eliminating those words will help them — and how to enforce more productive thinking habits. Read...
Jim Marggraff of The Good Men Project    |   08.30.17   |   SHARE
Families
A girl is young, cute, flippant, naive, playful. A woman is grounded, mature, adult, capable.

What You're Really Doing When You Refer To Women As Girls

One slip up is all of our own doing, and has been called out by actress and neuroscientist, Mayim Bialik: Stop calling women ‘girls.' Read...
Maggie Kelly of Mamamia    |   05.24.17   |   SHARE
Culture
Listen, a vagina is not an artificial waterway for babies to be born.

Let's Talk About Genitals: The Term Birth Canal Is The Actual Worst

The way we as a society discuss genitalia is already messed up and confusing. When the word “vagina” is used to mean everything from, well, “vagina” Read...
David Minerva Clover    |   11.10.16   |   SHARE
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Ditching The R Word Forever; You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Sure… that’s a time-tested maxim, but it’s also kind of a steaming load of crap. This Read...
Kimmie Jones    |   10.28.16   |   SHARE
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Love It? Hate It? Vocal Fry Is Everywhere

I cringe when Kim Kardashian opens her pouty lips because I know the onslaught of vocal fry Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   08.29.16   |   SHARE
Imprecise, hurtful language is a problem. Image: Thinkstock.

I'm Not Saying 'Crazy' Anymore

Imprecise, hurtful language is a problem, because it legitimizes other people’s use of the c-word. This perpetuates the stigma around mental illness Read...
Bridget Brown    |   06.13.16   |   SHARE
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I have two kids and I curse like a sailor. I do not curse at them, but I curse around them. And they know the difference.

I'm Not A Bad Parent For Swearing Around My Children

I have two kids and I curse like a sailor. I do not curse at them, but I curse around them. And they know the difference. I tell them that "fuck" and Read...
Sarah Fader    |   04.11.16   |   SHARE
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Fat isn't bad.

3 Tiny Ways That Thin People Can Shift Their Language To Support Fat Acceptance

So you’re on a diet, and you’re really pumped about it. You truly, honestly believe that you’re—say—“getting your body back” post-partum (that’s a Read...
Melissa A. Fabello    |   09.29.15   |   SHARE
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