Language is a paradoxical tool – we use it consciously to shape our thoughts and experiences, yet patterns and structures in the language itself can shape us in return.
As this guide shows, American English frequently both reflects and reinforces systems of oppression in U.S. society.
For example, a newspaper report describes a local event: "Over a thousand people attended with their wives and children." How does the statement relate to sexism and ageism? What does the statement communicate about who is a person and who is not?
Teachers, students, trainers and others can use Writing for Change to expose bias in language.
And – you can discover ways to communicate in more equitable terms.
This guide offers more than 50 free, downloadable activities for personal or instructional use.