Why We Need to Drop Our Obsession with ‘Standard’ English Once and for All

Do you judge people based on how they speak?

Linguistic discrimination is real – and there’s a good chance that you’re doing it. Whether someone’s speaking in a regional US accent, an accent from another language, or a cultural dialect, we’ve all been taught that there’s a “right” way to say things – so you might believe some people are speaking the “wrong” way.

So what’s the problem with valuing a “standard” form of English? Here’s a great explanation from Riley J. Dennis, revealing how our impressions of accents can lead to some harmful consequences.

If you think you’ve got the “right” way of speaking down, Riley’s got some news for you – and her point might change your idea of “proper” English for good.

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The Editors at Everyday Feminism

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Riley J. Dennis is a Contributing Vlogger for Everyday Feminism. She’s a polyamorous, atheist, gender non-binary trans woman with a passion for fiction writing, feminism, and technology. She got her BA from Whittier College in 2015 doing a self-designed major called Writing Worlds, a mixture of creative writing and anthropology, focused on realistic fictional world building. Find her on her YouTube channel, Twitter @RileyJayDennis, or her website RileyJayDennis.com.