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 a writer, youtuber, and podcaster about sustainability, minimalism, and living a life worth living.