Equality in Communication
4 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2011 Last revised: 25 Apr 2012
Date Written: April 18, 2011
Words alone are labels and tools that both men and women use to convey or communicate ideas and ideals. In the hands of considerate people, words become an instrument used to cheer up a friend, or to express and share joy with those we love. Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and New Year‟s cards are all examples that demonstrate the positive use of words. However, people also use words to hurt, denigrate, incite hate and dehumanize others. Throughout history, men and women have deliberately used words to reduce fellow men and women to abstract, insubstantial and nonrepresentational names such as savage, alien, cripple, virus, parasites, fetus, nigger and kike; these theoretically non-human characterizations enables those who lack sensitivity and genuine concern for others to inflict unimaginable injury deeply wounding our core essence and spirit. At some point, we must draw a line and separate ourselves from those who are insensitive to others and who choose to demonstrate their insensitivity by the choice of words they use to communicate with others. For those self-absorbed, with no particular interest in humanity, this essay will only irritate you to further embrace your “Raison D'être”. On the other hand, the truly human individual must force her or himself to carefully choose words that not only accurately communicate, but also reflect a deliberate consideration for the sensitivities others.
Keywords: words, politically correct, stereotypical, men, women, prejudice
JEL Classification: Z00
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