Lexa (lexabear) wrote in linguaphiles,
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A Person Paper on Purity in Language

I recently found a satirical article on sexism in language that casts racist langauge in its place to show how shocking sexist langauge should be.

From its postscript:
The entire point of it is to use something that we find shocking as leverage to illustrate the fact that something that we usually close our eyes to is also very shocking. The most effective way I know to do so is to develop an extended analogy with something known as shocking and reprehensible. Racism is that thing, in this case. I am happy with this piece, despite-but also because of-its shock value. I think it makes its point better than any factual article could. As a friend of mine said, "It makes you so uncomfortable that you can't ignore it."
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