Perspective

The weight of words: Combating discrimination with gender-neutral language

PERSPECTIVE
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Language is a system of communication, a means to be understood but it can also leave people feeling quite the opposite and excluded from society, especially when it comes to gender and identity. We're joined by author and scholar Emerson Whitney, the author of "Heaven", which looks at childhood, identity, the story of our bodies and how language shapes what we think of ourselves. Whitney, who uses the pronouns they/them, give us their perspective on where language fails some of us and where the current thinking behind our words comes from.