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How We Talk, by Working Parents, Medium


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"How we talk matters. A lot. It matters at work, at home, in life. The words we choose reflect and reinforce deep assumptions about what is normal and what is not, what is approved and what is not; what is valued and what is not. Take just one example: when a mother is out for an evening and someone says, “oh, is your husband babysitting tonight?” Have you ever heard someone ask a man who is out for an evening whether his wife is “babysitting?” These sorts of linguistic distinctions may seem subtle or insignificant, but an entire structure of assumed responsibility and approved behavior patterns hangs in the balance."

Language reflects culture.

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