There is a common misconception of how dictionaries come to be written: lexicographers record meanings as they change, and if there is a widely used meaning currently missing from a dictionary’s pages then it is a weakness of the dictionary rather than of the language
originally posted on Shakesville by Melissa McEwan | Monday, February 25, 2008 as Feminism 101: “Feminists Look for Stuff to Get Mad About” [This is a new series in which I’ll be addressing misconceptions or answering questions about feminism and/or feminists. There are certainly old posts that would naturally fall into a Feminism 101 series, […]
So: Toss out the idea that there must be unanimous consent, or even majority agreement, that something is sexist for it to be determined as such. In fact, toss out the idea that sexism is determined by subjective opinion altogether.
Both of these were written in response to an op-ed in the LA Times by Heather MacDonald. Post 1: It’s Only A Myth If You Believe That Those Sluts Were Asking For It This op/ed is one of the most ridiculous I’ve read in a long, long time (and that’s pretty impressive). Heather MacDonald argues […]
There’s been some fantastic blogging about this recently regarding the candidacy of Hillary Clinton for the Presidency of the USA. Shakesville especially has been clarifying people’s thoughts this week: Melissa: Damned if you do… Melissa: Stealth Vote Salon (a roundup of other’s responses to the post above) Kate: I Am Not Ashamed A lot of […]
Reader Justin wrote and asked me for advice on an ethical balance problem, and with his permission I quote his email: I have a question which has been bothering me for some time, and which may/may not be worth addressing on the site. In any case, its something I don’t feel precisely comfortable asking my […]