In an era where censorship is rampant and the very definitions of words are being redefined by Orwellian overlords, the language that we use has never been more important. The casual use of what some of us call "speciesist language," especially as life-lesson metaphor and parable, may seem harmless to most, but it normalises and perpetuates a paradigm of animal exploitation and abuse. Since I have evolved out of this paradigm, I now "feed two birds with one seed" instead of "
I read a great article by another white dude recently about something he called "Default White" (Brett Rybeck, "On Decentralizing Privilege in Your Writing"). The idea is that some of us (myself included) have a tendency to assume whiteness unless someone (such as a character in a book or play) is otherwise defined. Considering that we white people are actually the global minority and real unity and understanding has never been more important, it may be time for us white folk