Thursday, April 7, 2011

Required reading

Language and the debate thereof is rather overwrought in social justice circles, but like most things we overdiscuss, is important. There are three posts for this week's required reading that I'd like to open up for discussion.

"A list of privilege lists" by Alas! a blog is fairly comprehensive. Lots of lists to look at that could open your eyes to unnoticed privileges. However, as the author links at the bottom, Maia of Capitalism bad; tree pretty has a response. To fully engage with this response, "my problem with -isms" is particularly interesting.

I like to see conversations about language making us more aware of the things we say in everyday conversations, what they mean, and how to change it. I'll be thinking about other examples of common language that could use some examining, if you do the same.

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