42: Why our words matter | Sexism, racism, and ableism in everyday language

Inspired by a few weird phrases PETA wants to replace with alternatives, I thought a lot about everyday language and the words we choose to express ourselves. There are so many sexist, racist, ableist, and other-ist expressions in the languages I speak, it is hard to even notice them anymore. What we say matters.

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Everyday words and phrases that have racist connotations
A enslaved Black man sold away from his family.
Everyday terms and expressions which highlight just how ingrained sexism is in our society
PETA calls for end of ‘anti-animal language,’ provides alternative phrases to old sayings
Old sayings may seem harmless, but, according to PETA, they could actually be viewed as anti-animal language and normalize animal cruelty.
Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand is the writer behind the essays here, author of fiction novels, the creator of the Kate Hildenbrand podcast, and a student of marine ecology. At least, that's her on the surface.