Sorry but the word Mansplain sucks

So Macquarie Dictionary’s 2014 word of the year is Mansplain: "verb (t) Colloquial (humorous) (of a man) to explain (something) to a woman, in a way that is patronising because it assumes that a woman will be ignorant of the subject matter. [MAN + (EX)PLAIN with s inserted to create a pronunciation link with explain."... Continue Reading →

Let’s talk about the Bechdel Test

Here’s another rambling catalogue of my thoughts as I explore the workings of feminism. This time it is about the Bechdel Test, the famous measure by which books, movies, TV shows, and all variety of stories are tested against for gender bias. The criteria are quite simple: It has to have at least two women... Continue Reading →

The Evolution of Language

I used to call myself a -cringe- ‘Grammar Nazi’. Political correctness aside, I was pretty passionate about the correct usage of the English language in both speech and writing. Perhaps it was because of my natural love for words that I happily accepted my mother’s corrections to my growing vocabulary rather than the normal reaction... Continue Reading →

Realistic Parenting

This week a post appeared on my Facebook feed. It was yet another piece of advice on how to find happiness as a parent and (yet another) TED video at that. Let me explain. As a highly anxious person, I go through binges of seeking the answer to happiness through articles and videos all over... Continue Reading →

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