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17 Powerful Statements About Why You Shouldn't Use Offensive Language

"I don't say 'tranny' because it takes away people's agency to define their gender identity."

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Fiona McCrossin, one of the student participants, told BuzzFeed in an email: "I am doing this project because language is a reflection of our culture as a whole and it contributes to a person's understanding of what is 'normal' or 'good.' We hope to start conversations about the cultural practices that these words reflect and start to change the hostile environment that they create. I personally chose not to use these words because I want to contribute to that change as much as possible. I encourage people to do the same, but I understand if they do not wish to."

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