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Forget about ‘felons’ or ‘convicts’: The criminal use of euphemisms

PHOENIX, May 9, 2016 – The Office of Justice Programs, a division within the Justice Department, recently announced that it would no longer use terms such as “felons” or “convicts” to describe, well, felons and convicts. Henceforth, convicts and felons will instead be referred to in less disparaging, much more euphemistical terms such as “person who ...

“The Danish Girl:” A transgender story that misses the story

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2016 – In film, when people derisively refer to “Oscar bait,” a movie like “The Danish Girl” is just the kind of flick they’d be offering as an example. Set in the mid-1920s, the movie is based on the eponymous novel by David Ebershoff, it’s a pseudo-historical biopic based on the lives ...

In search of our true identity

‘The description of man as purely physical, or as both material and spiritual, is the Pandora box, from which all ills have gone forth.’