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    1. 1. The Four Major Deadly Isms
    2. 2. Questions Sexism How many women have been wolf-howled, whistled at, or have been yelled at “hey baby?” •How many men have felt suppressed from their vulnerability (such as crying or expressing softer emotions)? Racism •Have you ever been a victim of racial profiling for example being stopped by an authoritative figure because of your skin color or ethnicity? •How many people have someone in their family who are prejudice towards certain groups of people? Ageism •How many of you have ever spoken in an abnormally high volume when talking to an elder? •How many of you have been rejected of a job due to age and lack of experience? Heterosexism •How many people have witnessed someone who used a derogatory term such gay, retard, queer, faggot, etc? •How many people know someone who is homosexual?
    3. 3. Sexism Definition: Negative attitudes and beliefs about a about a particular gender; prejudicial attitudes and beliefs about men or woman based on rigid beliefs about gender roles. Seen in our society: •Media •Workplace •Religion •Gender biased language
    4. 4. Sexist Language • "Questions and criticisms of sexist language have emerged because of a concern that language is a powerful medium through which the world is both reflected and constructed. . . . Some have claimed that the use of generics (such as 'mankind' to refer to both men and women) reinforces a binary that sees the male and masculine as the norm and the female and feminine as the 'not norm.' . . .
    5. 5. Gender Biased Language Words referring to position: •Fireman •Postman •Chairman •Freshman What can you say instead?
    6. 6. Sexist Language Words referring to the entire universe •Mankind What can you say instead?
    7. 7. Sexist Language Other: •Manpower •Manmade lakes •“Oh, man, where did I leave my keys?” •“Manning” the table What can you say instead?
    8. 8. Sexist Language HEY YOU GUYS •Imagine guys, if someone walked up to a group of friends and said “Hey you girls?” •Is Hey you guys a problem for you?
    9. 9. Racism Definition: Negative attitudes and beliefs that individuals or a society as a whole hold about specific ethnic groups. “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
    10. 10. How People Use Racism • Name calling (derogatory terms for members of a particular culture, group or race) • Using words to stereotyping different groups of people • Organizing hate groups using hate words • Inequity of access to education and public services
    11. 11. Ageism • Refers to the prejudice against older people and other age groups. • It is “any attitude, action, or institutional structure” that subordinates a person or group of age. • Everyone will experience ageism and age classification through out the life cycle.
    12. 12. Ageism cont’d •Stereotyping (physical impairments, memory loss, loss of hearing/sight) •Describes someone in terms of his of her age  Denotes old age as a period of incompetency (Old lady; the old man; blue hairs. You don’t look 56?)
    13. 13. Heterosexism Definition: Negative attitudes and beliefs about gay men and lesbians; the belief that all sexual behavior that is not heterosexual is unnatural and deserving of criticism and condemnation. •Heterosexism involves assuming all people are heterosexual, and believing heterosexism is superior than other orientations.
    14. 14. Words that HURT and WHY
    15. 15. Words that HURT and WHY • These words create an environment that perpetuates violence and discrimination against women of color, queer and trans people. • People with disabilities, and other marginalized communities. • People can reclaim these words for themselves as a form of empowerment. Don’t reclaim words on behalf of others!
    16. 16. Words that HURT and WHY BITCH •Targets and dehumanizes women and men •Devalues women and femininity •Reinforces sexism
    17. 17. Words that HURT and WHY GHETTO •Describes something or someone who is cheap, worn out, poor or dangerous. •Reference to housing communities that are improvised and disproportionately impact people of color. •Associates people of color with these negative characteristics.
    18. 18. ILLEGAL ALIEN •Reduces undocumented immigrants to something less than human. •Fixates on legal status instead of people as individuals. •Asserts that some people belong here more than others do. •Ignores political, social, and economic factors that negatively impact people of color.
    19. 19. Words that HURT and WHY NO HOMO •Stresses the speaker’s heterosexuality, masculinity, and/or other traits to avoid being perceived as gay/queer. •Goes to great lengths to avoid assoication with anything queer. •Reinforces that it to be queer is bad.
    20. 20. Words that HURT and WHY RETARDED & LAME •Targets mental, emotional and physical disabilities as objects of ridicule. •Used as synonyms for “worthless,” “bad,” •“unintelligent,” “incapable,” etc.
    21. 21. Words that HURT and WHY THAT’S SO GAY •Stigmatizes gay and queer people. •Uses their identities to describe something as undersirable and bad. •Replaces negative adjectives with words related to queer/LGBT identity.
    22. 22. Words that HURT and WHY WHORE/HO & SLUT •Dismisses anyone seen as being “too” sexual- particularly sex workers, women, queer people, and people of color. •Perpetuates negativity toward sex itself. •Regulates who is allowed to have it.
    23. 23. Words can Hurt.
    24. 24. Emotional Abuse • Constant belittling, criticizing, and pulling down a child or adult. • It often includes lack of nurturing and acceptance. • A steady diet of gloom acts like a cancer eating a child’s soul. • Silence is also a form of verbal abuse.
    25. 25. Why do Adults abuse? • Adults feel isolated, under stress, unable to cope. • A lack of knowledge of child’s needs or abilities. • Low self-esteem. • Emotional abuses are rarely aware of their verbal assaults or stop to listen. “I wish you were never born.” (Person is annoyed, had a hard day. Child interprets differently.) http://www.childhelp-usa.com/pages/statistics
    26. 26. Some facts about Abuse • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education. • About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse. • In at least one study, about 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder. 1 • The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 is $124 billion.
    27. 27. Words can kill!
    28. 28. Words can heal.
    29. 29. Words can heal. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ~ Martin Luther King
    30. 30. Words can heal.
    31. 31. Thoughts are Things • What you say is the single biggest factor that determines your happiness in life. • Positive thoughts/words, create positive life/happiness!
    32. 32. Word Check
    33. 33. Group Exercise