Recently the President of the United States used his usual level of tasteful eloquence to call NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem sons of bitches. Teresa Kaepernick, mother of Colin Kaepernick who famously began taking the knee during the National Anthem to protest racist police violence, had the perfect comeback: "Guess that makes me … Continue reading Hooray for the bitches who mother those oft-cited SOBs
Is "guys" gender neutral? Some say yes and use guys to refer to groups of men and women. Others say guys is sexist, which is why I made a list of 40 gender neutral alternatives to saying "you guys." One word I did not consider when making that list was "ladies," but why shouldn't I? If "guys" … Continue reading Is the word “ladies” gender neutral?
I had an appointment after work, so instead of getting off at my usual L stop and walking down the tree-lined street that leads to my house, I got off at a different L stop and walked down a different tree-lined street. Chicago has a lot of tree-lined residential streets. Many of them look quite … Continue reading The deja vu of Chicago’s tree-lined streets
Is "you guys" a gender-neutral term? I must admit that I have a habit of using it as such. I grew up with The Electric Company and then The Goonies, which both proudly used the phrase, "Hey, you guys!!!!" I didn't think much about if for a long time, but is it offensive and exclusionary … Continue reading 40 gender-neutral alternatives to saying “you guys”
At the Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda continued to be a treasure. When the creator of Hamilton won his Tony for best score, Miranda read a sonnet instead of giving a traditional acceptance speech. The beautiful poem was dedicated to his wife Vanessa and also touched on the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando … Continue reading Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Awards Sonnet and the power of poetry