language

Culture

Translating the Poetry of Women of Color into Their Mothers' Language

The intergenerational film series "Mother Tongues" is a homage to moms, daughters, and the languages that unite them.
Marta Bausells
7.26.17
Sex

A Complete Dictionary of the Most Bizarre Sex Slang

Know how to swing the dolphin? What about having a bit of summer cabbage?
Zing Tsjeng
6.3.17
language

Words About Love in Other Languages that Should Exist in English

These may come in handy next time emojis fail you.
Laila Tyack
4.11.17
Culture

How the Push to 'Break the Silence' Fails the Feminist Movement

In her new essay collection, Rebecca Solnit, the author who gave rise to the term "mansplaining," celebrates how women have finally succeeded in telling the stories of their oppression. But she offers no perspective on what happens after that.
Lauren Oyler
3.9.17
politics

The Cynical Conservative Lie Behind 'Protecting Women and Children'

From anti-trans bathroom legislation to attempts to block gay marriage, the sexist idea that we need to "protect women and children" has been trotted out again and again, but it only protects one thing: the patriarchy.
Amanda Arnold
2.23.17
language

A Dialect Coach Attempts to Unpack What's Going on with Lindsay Lohan's Voice

"For her to forget how to make an 'a' sound is like, Lindsay..."
Steven Blum
11.3.16
LGBTQ

Remembering Polari, the Forgotten Language of Britain's Gay Community

Once commonly spoken by gay men across London, Polari has largely fallen out of use. But its influence continues to endure to this day—even making a surprise appearance in Bowie's last album.
Dean Eastmond
9.30.16
News

Think Blue Lobsters Are Cool? You're Wrong

A supposedly rare discovery off the coast of Cape Cod has us deep in the seas of philosophical investigation.
Lauren Oyler
8.11.16
mexico

How to Speak Sarah Palin's Patriotic American: A Guide by British People

Are you a Mexican immigrant? Are you worried about not having learned the glorious language known as American? Fear not, for us Brits have got you covered.
Sarah Sahim
9.7.15
linguistics

Shifting Voices as a Trans Person

Transgender people are at risk of scrutiny and violent based on their ability to "pass", or be perceived as the gender they identify with. One of the biggest indicators is speech. So how do trans people hone their voice?
Brittany Malooly
8.16.15