Talking Code…

I’ve spent the last couple of days thinking about gender.

Various news reports and annual studies crossed my desk either analyzing data, evaluating 2013, and/or making projections for 2014; and, something struck me. I think for most of us, the buzzword “gender” is actually a code word for “women.”

What’s the situation for women, how much do women get paid, how many women are partners, and so on. This got me thinking; in what other ways do we talk in code? I think about the adjective “urban”, or “inner-city” ­ a way to talk around labeling an area African-American but still carrying all the same assumptions.

Also, “working class” ­ a polite reference to those subsisting around the poverty line. Or, when we talk about “the border” ­ because apparently the United States has only one and it¹s a deeply racialized space to the south.

  • What are other code words?
  • How do you use them?

This week I’ll play cryptologist, breaking down these codes and their hidden meanings or biases.

What coded messages have you received?


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About the Author:

Liz is a PhD. candidate with expertise in multiculturalism in the contemporary United States. She brings targeted knowledge on the recent shifts in the U.S. demographics, changing global attitudes, and the impact this has on her clients. She partners with firms and organizations to devise diversity and inclusion strategies that fit both their values and goals.
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