Words, Identification and Diversity

 

Do you find your self avoiding using some words?  Are you surprised when some people use certain terms?  Reflect on the following questions:

  1. What words are problematic and/or confusing for you?
  2. What words do you choose to avoid?
  3. What words do you find offensive?
  4. What words best describe the groups to which you belong?

Below is a list of words.  Check the words you've written against those presented here.  What definition would you give to the words that you included in your answers above?

affirmative action

backlashbiasbiculturalbisexual
classismcutural dyslexiacultural pluralismculture shock

discrimination

diversityethnocentrismexclusionaryfeminist

gender bias

harassmenthazinghomophobiainstitutional racismlesbian

male-domination

minoritiespeople of colorpowerprejudice
protected classracesexism

 

transsexuals

 

transvestites