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5 Minute Changemaker: Language Matters

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 9, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/2015/07/09/5-minute-changemaker-language-matters/
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wall of mouths made of sand

Image via Tim Sheerman-Chase/Flickr.

by Marsha Rakestraw

We can kill two birds with one stone. The dog wagged its tail. I’m feeling crazy. That movie was so lame. That’s so gay.

Our everyday language is filled with messages, framing, and implications that we don’t even notice. But the language we use matters. What we say and how we say it has a lasting impact that influences our culture, policy, and the lives of others.

Paying attention to our language choices is another small way we can more closely align our values and actions.

Whether it’s removing words from our vocabularies, reframing speciesist, sexist or ableist language, or creating new language that avoids violence, there’s a lot we can do with the words we use to promote a just, compassionate, and humane world.

Check out our Power of Language Pinterest board to find more resources and ideas for making your language matter.