Links à la Mode: IFB Weekly Roundup, November 4

I had so hoped my most provocative and (I think) powerful G&G post would make the IFB roundup, and it did. Yay! Thank you, Thom Wong, for including me.

Congrats to G&G regular readers/commenters Erika of Style Activist and Fajr of Stylish Thought for also making the list.

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The Power of Words

Edited by: The Sunday Best

One story dominated my thoughts this week, and I was glad to see an IFB member tackle it in a post. I’m talking about the Marie Claire article. I’m not going to link to it, or even say what it was about, since I assume you dialed in people are familiar with it. [Pulls out soapbox.] The problem with the article, and its apparently apologetic writer, isn’t the ignorance it exhibited, or the hate it might engender, or even, I would argue, the sentiment expressed, although it was certainly the worst example of each. The problem was she used the most demeaning language she could think of to describe a group about which she apparently cares. She used this language and neither her nor her editors nor anyone at Marie Claire saw fit to deny it. And Marie Claire’s ridiculous mea culpa, where they celebrated the “discussion” they had fostered, was like saying the Titanic sinking was good for discussions about marine safety. Worst of all was the author’s own apology: “I never wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed after reading this”. So you used the most demeaning language you could think of–edgy!–and called people gross–keeping it real!–and were shocked, SHOCKED, to find them taking offense. I would call her a liar but out of deference to liars, she might just be an idiot. Think before you write – words are powerful.

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8 comments

  1. Congrats Sweetheart on making the cut, I know you would btw 🙂
    As for the Marie Claire writer, I haven’t read the article but I definitely will, and thanks for the message that WORDS ARE POWERFUL, that is so true, and everyone should ALWAYS think before they write/ talk, this applies to everyone…

    Thanks for the links, I will def check them out 🙂

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend my dear

    HUGS
    J
    xoxo

    1. OMG!!!! I just read tickle me chic on that Marie Claire post…..
      and by golly, I can’t believe the ignorance of the write, I was so outraged just by reading her article, this article is an insult and oh my word, her apology is also twisted….
      I hope thru this example that EVERYONE SHOULD THINK BEFORE THEY WRITE!!!!!
      and I hope this kind of incident will NOT happen again in the future
      Thanks for writing about this V, Love ya

      J
      xoxo

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