Is it necessary always to think about what others have experienced in their lives, or how they would like to be understood, when talking or writing about aspects of society such as race, gender, or disability. Are other people’s vulnerabilities more worthy of attention than our logical and sincerely held beliefs? Is it important to consider how others might want to be talked to, or about, even if you don’t approve of, or understand, their decision? Using DeGhett’s paper on the censorship of images, and Lukianoff and Haidt’s paper on language use in contemporary America, consider how sensitive we should be, or expect others to be, when talking about controversial social and political issues.
Torie Rose DeGhett “The War Photo No One Would Publish” pp.75-82
Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt “The Coddling of the American Mind” pp.263-275