Changing the Definition of Femininity

Writer Ali Segel came across the Merriam-Webster definition for the word “femininity” and was (rightly) pretty appalled by it. When used in a sentence, the dictionary stated, “She managed to become a CEO without sacrificing her femininity.” Segel—not only amazed at how subtle sexism continues to go unnoticed, or ignored—reached out to Merriam-Webster. They tweeted, “AND IT’S GONE. Oof. Sorry about that.” Showing that admitting …

A Language Without Sound or Visuals

According to Washington DC’s Gallaudet University, the US has between 45,000 and 50,000 DeafBlind people—those who can neither see nor hear. Until recently, fingerspelling and braille were the primary means of communication but limited person-to-person interaction. Over the last few years, however, a new communication system has grown organically, based around American Sign Language (ASL). Known as pro-tactile ASL, elements from standard sign language have …

Spotify Offering 215 Hours of Free Language Lessons

We all associate Spotify with music, but there are actually some 215 hours of foreign language lessons available. So after you listen to your Discover Weekly playlist and want to feel a bit more clever, why not take a class in beginners’ Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian or Swedish? Just go to Spotify, click browse and scroll down to “Word.” (There are also audiobooks, guided meditation …