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16 Words To Think Differently About In 2016

Because they matter more than you think.

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1. Therapy

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Seeing a therapist doesn't make someone weird; it simply means they're looking out for themselves, and often for the people they care about. We worry so much about physical health, but prioritizing mental health is just as important.

2. Race

Because it's not a "card"; it's a big part of people's identity and how they interact with the rest of the world. Better to approach discussions of race with nervousness than to pretend, for one's own convenience, that we're post-race when race-based inequity is still so pervasive in our society.

4. Skinny

here we go again.... Sure I'm not the only 1 feeling this way today!! in case you need a reminder, you're beautiful🌬

Because body composition should never be stigmatizing.

5. Old

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Because "Ugh, I'm so old" isn't a productive thing to say/hear/think, especially since your actual age usually has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

8. Bisexual/pansexual

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It's not a phase, and they aren't greedy. Just because you like apples and bananas doesn't mean you eat twice the amount of fruit as everyone else, does it?

13. Plus-size

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Because yes, retailers at some point made a confusing and seemingly arbitrary decision to use the label for sizes above a U.S. 12, but the word is quantitatively, not qualitatively, descriptive — much like "millionaire" or "octogenarian." While plus-size stores and brands leave a lot to be desired, the term itself is not a bad one. Unless you're in the "fat is bad" camp, in which case, scroll up.

16. Diversity

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As Viola Davis so eloquently said in her Emmy acceptance speech, "the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity." Ensuring that space is made for people who exist outside of the straight, cis, white, thin, able-bodied realm that has for so long been considered "ideal" is not a concession; it's something that makes educational institutions, workplaces, and entertainment richer and better.