The Social Justice Warrior Handbook by Lisa De Pasquale

The Social Justice Warrior Handbook by Lisa De Pasquale

Author:Lisa De Pasquale [Pasquale, Lisa De]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Published: 2017-08-06T16:00:00+00:00

Common Phrases

Fighting against common phrases that are racist, homophobic, sexist, or otherwise problematic may seem like a daunting task. However, it can be done. In just a few decades we virtually eliminated sitting “Indian style” in favor of “pretzel style” and “criss-cross applesauce.” That’s evidence that we shouldn’t stop there.

Some other phrases to eliminate from public use:

• Low man on the totem pole (appropriation of Native American tradition)

• Powwow (appropriation of Native American tradition)

• Gyp or gip (originated from stereotype of gypsies)

• Rule of thumb (originated from men being allowed to beat their wives with a stick no wider than their thumb)

• Grandfathered in (not gender-inclusive)

• Don’t drink the Kool-Aid (reference to mass suicide in Jonestown)

• All sports analogies (biased against those who don’t follow sports)

• Moron, imbecile, cretin (historically used for those with mental disabilities)

• No can do (used in 19th century to mock Chinese immigrants)

• Long time no see (used in early 20th century to mock Native Americans)

• You have a pretty face (implies the rest of a person isn’t pretty or that “pretty” is every woman’s goal)

• Blackmail, blacklist, blackball (all negative words that contain “black”)

• Feminine products (they are also used by trans men)


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