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The Power of Words

Edited by: The Sunday Best
One  story dominated my thoughts this week, and I was glad to see an IFB  member tackle it in a post. I'm talking about the Marie Claire article.  I'm not going to link to it, or even say what it was about, since I  assume you dialed in people are familiar with it. [Pulls out soapbox.]  The problem with the article, and its apparently apologetic writer,  isn't the ignorance it exhibited, or the hate it might engender, or  even, I would argue, the sentiment expressed, although it was certainly  the worst example of each. The problem was she used the most demeaning  language she could think of to describe a group about which she  apparently cares. She used this language and neither her nor her editors  nor anyone at Marie Claire saw fit to deny it. And Marie Claire's  ridiculous mea culpa, where they celebrated the "discussion" they had  fostered, was like saying the Titanic sinking was good for discussions  about marine safety. Worst of all was the author's own apology: "I never  wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed after reading this". So you  used the most demeaning language you could think of--edgy!--and called  people gross--keeping it real!--and were shocked, SHOCKED, to find them  taking offense. I would call her a liar but out of deference to liars,  she might just be an idiot. Think before you write - words are powerful.

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