Posts Tagged ‘language’

Waterboarding Is Torture, Pickpocketing Is Theft, Rape Is Rape

Via Adam Serwer's blog, the Washington Post's Greg Sargent offers a handy explanation for why the New York Times' decision not to describe U.S. waterboarding as "torture" reveals bias:
Think of it this way: We all agree that pickpocketing constitutes "theft." A pickpocket doesn't get to come along and argue: "No, what I did [...]

German Bridges Are Girls, Spanish Bridges Are Boys

This morning, NPR reported on an exciting new grammar and gender study by Stanford psychologist Lera Boroditsky. Boroditsky argues that languages which assign masculine and feminine genders to non-gendered objects actually affect the qualities the speakers assign to those objects. So, when a German speaker sees the word "bridge"—in German, the feminine "die brucke"—she's more [...]

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