This morning's big news story/pounding headache is courtesy of convicted spy Bradley Manning's announcement that she wishes to live the rest of her life as a woman/the internet's predictably shitty response to that announcement, respectively.
A new study based on over one million texts in the Google Books archive written between 1900 and 2008 found that the "he-she" gender pronoun gap has narrowed ever since Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique in 1963.
The little words we use in conversation — pronouns, articles, and the like — may seem inconsequential. But now a team of scientists say that analyzing these can determine a couple's compatibility.
Kate Swift, whose books Words and Women and The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing how using only masculine pronouns and other words excludes and devalues women, has died of stomach cancer at the age of 87. Thanks to her, many publications have stopped using gendered terminology like "fireman" and "stewardess."
Oh and Cis, Transgender and Transman — these are just some of the words that have cropped up to define the complexities of gender identification. But even with so many options, we still don't have a definitive vocabulary for transitioning.