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When I agreed to give a talk to my colleagues about language that creates a hostile environment for women, I expected some negative reaction, no matter what I did or didn't say. Many people have, after all, been working conscientiously to avoid discriminating speech and action, and so it's understandable that some people feel thanklessly harangued whenever they hear more about what not to do.
Internet. The World Wide Web. Cyberspace. Computer literacy for the 21st century. Say this string of words aloud. Repeat. Repeat again. Listen to the euphonic quality of the consonance, assonance, and off-rhyme. Memorize. Make it your private mantra, or cherish it as you would your daily beads. Carry it into your classroom, into your meetings, into the polling booth, into your life. Then you are on your way along with untold others toward the altar of the great god, Technology.
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