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This is a one-time conversation, facilitated by Natalie Millman, about our experiences with "ISMs" - including but not limited to racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, heterocentrism, and classism.
Questions of the Session
"ISMs" affect us regularly, tainting not only our thinking and our actions, but also how we think about our actions, and what actions we think we are taking. It's challenging in the modern world, where being "politically correct" is the ideal, but a struggle to attain. We find ourselves working so hard to not be racist, to not be sexist, to not be ageist, etc., but too often feeling like it might be impossible, because the messages in our culture "normalizing" these attitudes and behaviors are so strong, subtle, and pervasive.
This conversation is not for the faint of heart, or for people unwilling to own their prejudices! Because all of us are prejudiced, in a variety of ways. The focus of this conversation is instead, what can we do about these inherent prejudices, and how can we manage them in a way where we can reduce the harm they do to ourselves and others?
What does the term "ISMs" mean to you? Does it evoke any painful memories? How have you managed to get through these painful times where ISMs have hurt you? Does the term "ISMs" mean different meaning for you than it does for other people that you know?
What does it mean to "perpetuate ISMs?"
What do you think are the ISMs you perpetuate most in your life? How do you perpetuate these ISMs?
What cultural institutions perpetuate ISMs most, that you have seen?
Where are your boundaries when it comes to ISMs - what is acceptable, what is not?
What can we do to revise our ISMs personally? What can we do to revise our ISMs culturally?
What have you done to mitigate or reduce ISMs in yourself? In other people?
What has stopped you from calling out someone about their ISM attitude(s)? How can we reduce this challenge?
The cost is free!
The location is at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.
Any questions, please message Natalie at [masked]
Note: Harassment of any kind - on the basis of biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender presentation, or on the basis of race or ability or any other reason - during Meetups offered by this group will not be tolerated.
ALSO: Because of the time limit, this conversation is not intended to be a group therapy session to talk about personal traumatic experiences of gender discrimination/sexism, nor is it intended to be a place to talk about specific cases of horrific abuse that we have encountered professionally. While these experiences are close to our hearts and motivate us to care deeply about this kind of work, the focus of this conversation is on discussing strategies to work against these forces and advocate for change on a multi-systems level.