The first study, published in 2008, showed that 11 and 12-year-olds in Britain who used more textisms — whether misspelled words (“ppl,” instead of “people”), grammatically incorrect substitutions (“2” for “to” or “too”), wrong verb forms (“he do” instead of “he does”), or missing punctuation — compared to properly written words tended to have slightly better scores on standardized grammar and writing tests and had better spelling, after controlling for test scores in other subjects and other factors. A 2009 study, conducted by some of the same researchers on 88 kids between 10 and 12 years old, found similar associations between high textism use and slightly better reading ability.
Hovertext from the xkcd comic: I’d like to find a corpus of writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)—and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that exposure to all this amateur peer practice is hurting us, but I’d bet on the generation that conducts the bulk of their social lives via the written word over the generation that occasionally wrote book reports and letters to grandma once a year, any day.
Horror stories about Muslim misogyny have long been used by western patriarchs to justify imperialism abroad and sexism at home. The Guardian’s Katharine Viner reminds us about Lord Cromer, the British consul general in Egypt from 1883. Cromer believed the Egyptians were morally and culturally inferior in their treatment of women and that they should be “persuaded or forced” to become “civilised” by disposing of the veil.
"And what did this forward-thinking, feminist-sounding veil-burner do when he got home to Britain?" asks Viner. "He founded and presided over the Men’s League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage, which tried, by any means possible, to stop women getting the vote. Colonial patriarchs like Cromer … wanted merely to replace eastern misogyny with western misogyny." More than a century later, the same logic is used to imply that misogyny only matters when it isn’t being done by white men.
i’m so fucking angry about natalia kills
I’m so furious I’m SO FURIOUS because I really wanted to believe that natalia kills, whose music is about the power in being a girl and not a good girl and not a girl who follows the rules and does everything right but a girl who tears shit up and destroys things and is angry and cruel and wanting and needy and raw, was for me, but apparently I’m wrong
apparently my existence being celebrated in 2 out of 2 million pop songs is actively offensive to her
I’m angry and I’m feeling betrayed and I’m spoiling for a fight and like
god I’m so fucking furious
#the fuck are those last two tweets#i can’t believe i have to go to a-z lyrics for this mess#I’m bringing booty back Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that#No I’m just playing. I know you think you’re fat But I’m here to tell ya#Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top#natalia kill needs to sit down#you are not being victimized/bullied#i think you’ll live when all of society continues to see your body type as the ideal#some people need to stay in their goddamn lanes (x)