When I’m in the company of strangers I send out little verbal cues to see if I’m in good company. Little verbal hanky codes, if you will. Other people do it too. Here are seven awesome words and phrases that tell me we might just become best friends.
In my mind the heavens open up, Judith Butler descends, and I do a little jig. You don’t have to agree with Judith Butler, you just have to know that the word exists. That’s all it takes for me to be mind-hugging you like this:
Let’s go grab a drink, girlfriend. Cause shit just got real.
3. Patriarchy (extra points if you call it “the” patriarchy)
Come with me, let’s go talk about the politics of pubic hair and drink some soy chai lattes.
A classmate used this word in the beginning of the semester. I marched up to her after class (wide-eyed and a bit breathless), and told her I thought we should be friends. I’m surprised she still talks to me.
5. White privilege
Let’s go discuss issues of access somewhere where we can both feel comfortable.
I can’t wait to hear the end of that sentence, and I hope we can be friends.
Which words send you into a tizzy?