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The problem with “real”

I’m becoming irritated with the over-usage of the adjective “real.” It gets attached to so many things. “Real men express their feelings.” “Real women have curves.” “Real adults take responsibility for their actions.” So, men who can’t express themselves aren’t real? Thin women aren’t real? Irresponsible adults aren’t real? What does that mean? Because these…… Continue reading The problem with “real”

Ethnicity Studies · Native American Studies

“Language is only a convenience”: Zitkala-Ša and Empowerment Rhetoric

Zitkala-Ša, a staunch advocate for the rights of Native Americans in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, said,We sometimes think we cannot speak the English language well and we cannot talk in the conference. That is not it. You can tell us what is in your heart. Use the words that are put in  your…… Continue reading “Language is only a convenience”: Zitkala-Ša and Empowerment Rhetoric