Tradition, community, and pride are fundamental aspects of the history of Appalachia, and the language of the region is a living testament to its rich heritage. Appalachians have organized to preserve regional dialects—complex forms of English peppered with words, phrases, and pronunciations unique to the area and its people. Talking Appalachian examines these distinctive speech varieties and emphasizes their role in expressing local history and promoting a shared identity.
Many times women have let the patriarchal beauty standards define our discourse. Women promote campaigns that redefine beautiful to include more skin types and body types. These campaigns are necessary to remove a lot of the shame women feel about their bodies, but it can't end there. This idea of physical beauty as a value is faulty. It will always lead women to aspire to beauty over more important endeavors. We must define our value as women to not be physical but as our personal traits.