Among the EDI resources provided by the Vice-President Finance & Operations Portfolio (VPFO) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is an EDI glossary. Let's have a look at the third entry under "A": Anti-Oppression. Now look under the subheading, Systems of Oppression, second sentence: "All the '-isms' are forms of oppression." All the -isms? To … Continue reading An EDI glossary statement (UBC) on oppressive-isms.
Mandatory Learning Opportunties?
In November 2020, the President of then-Ryerson University (now-Toronto Metropolitan University), Mohamed Lachemi, assembled the Standing Strong Task Force to make recommendations about how to deal with the legacy of Egerton Ryerson, the University's controversial namesake. (Read my post here.) On August 18, 2021, the task force submitted its report and recommendations. I've tried to … Continue reading Mandatory Learning Opportunties?
Adding some nuance to the concepts of Ageism and Adultism. (Or, how the suffix ‘-ism’ can sometimes make mountains out of molehills.)
Author: Pamela Lindsay Category: Inclusive Language Our current fetish for identifying isms often leads to the rebranding of ordinary social phenomena as extraordinary. This rebranding includes the terminology used to describe these phenomena by morphing ordinary words into pretentious neologisms such as: ageism and adultism. Ageism was apparently coined in the 60s to describe negative … Continue reading Adding some nuance to the concepts of Ageism and Adultism. (Or, how the suffix ‘-ism’ can sometimes make mountains out of molehills.)