A very poignant blog post about rape, Brock Turner, the woman who was raped, and privilege. Have I left anything out? Oh, language and systemic sexism.
The boot in the face, the brute
Brute heart of a brute like you.
“Daddy,” Sylvia Plath
When people declare “He literally lost his mind” or when TV and radio ad after ad announces “Not available in all states,” I cringe because the chosen phrasing makes a claim that is opposite of what is intended.
As a writer and English teacher, I am possibly more attuned to language than the average person, but I also recognize that careless language is often related to careless thinking—the words and phrasings we choose and use have a symbiotic relationship with how we frame and view the world.
As a chronically anxious person, I recognize that language is one way in which I can negotiate with my anxiety—write about it or simply have someone with whom I can share the intricate details of my irrational self.
Writing and talk—language—help me recognize through naming what…
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