The Language We Use Matters

Nicole Johnson, Sheridan College
Alexandria Mcphail, Sheridan College
Tharany Puvaneswaran, Sheridan College

The language we use in everyday conversations, at work and learning spaces can have undertones of violence, violent imagery and perpetuate the normalization of violence against people and in some cases animals. These words and expressions can re-activate lived experiences of oppression, violence, and trauma, leading to feeling unsettled and unsafe. Practice conscious awareness, unlearn and replace with non-violent words and expressions.

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