Word: Woman Feminist misconception: It implies that men are the default and women are an alternative! Feminist alternative: Womyn Why it’s bullshit: The word originates from archaic English where “man” referred solely to “human being”, males being “wer-man” and females being “wif-man”. That word eventually morphed into “woman” (wifman -> wimman -> woman; in pronunciation it even retains its older form). Therefore not only is it linguistically incorrect, it also erases the meaning of humanity from the term.
Word: History Feminist misconception: It has “his” in it; those three letters MUST refer to men and imply that only men’s history matters! Feminist alternative: Herstory Why it’s bullshit: History is the English form of the archaic French word “estoire” meaning “chronicle”, converted to English spelling by its pronunciation. It has absolutely nothing to do with the English male pronoun “his”, and is in fact perfectly gender-inclusive.
Voila! Armed with this brand new knowledge, you too can stop butchering the English language!
which is essentially the concept that people monitor the way in which they express themselves in various social situations, and in many cases alter their outward expressions so that their internal emotions and cognitions are not out in the open. Generally, this process is almost automatic. The article named an example that made me think of what I’m going to start calling the Napoleon Dynamite Phenomenon.
“Self-monitoring individuals should be most likely to monitor and control their expression in situations which contain reliable cues to social appropriateness. Thus, such a person would be more likely to laugh at a comedy when watching it with amused peers than when watching it alone.” (Snyder, 1974)
The Napoleon Dynamite Phenomenon: The first time I saw Napoleon Dynamite, I was with a few friends at the movie theater. I thought it was absolutely hysterical, and my friends all enjoyed it too. About a year later, I rented it because I remembered enjoying it, and watched it by myself.
It instantly became one of my least favorite movies of all time. It was not funny. It was not interesting. I didn’t laugh once.
So, now I can attribute my original opinion of Napoleon Dynamite to my friends’ behavior.
“Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague, metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us.”—Watchmen Chapter VI: The Abyss Gazes Also