Language: Words We Use Can Build Up Or Destroy

Language: Words We Use Can Build Up Or Destroy

Language Matters Words have meaning and power. The language we use shapes how we see and interact with the world. Most people are unintentional about the words they choose. They simply just speak into existence whatever comes into their mind. People with a tolerant personality tend to use more inclusive and humanizing language while those who see the world in adversarial terms speak in more exclusive and dehumanizing language. The video above from Mayim Bialik put this theory, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, in very simple terms. When we call women 'girls', we're intentionally or unintentionally devaluing women and disempowering them. As she says, we wouldn't call professional men 'boys', so why do we call professional women 'girls'? Men, The Language We Use, And Respect Men are taught from a very young age that respect is linked to violence. We teach our sons to 'man up', 'toughen up', or 'grow some balls'. Phrases like 'I'd hit that', 'I'd tear that shit up', or 'I'd smack that ass' are...
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