When white people in tech open their mouths about diversity, I tend to brace myself. More often than not, it seems like they say something tone-deaf, outright offensive or lacking in an understanding of intersectionality. For women and trans people of color, the oppressive institutions of racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia all come into play and cannot be examined separately. Here are three recent examples:. Some sick combination of all three? Adria Richards.
Explained: the art of 'kissing your teeth'
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I just came across a very interesting online article about the retention of various words from African languages in patois of the Caribbean nation of Grenada. In the latter category, the best known is the "stroops"; an echoism that describes a "rude" sucking of the teeth: stroops is probably the most eloquent Grenadian expression of disgust or displeasure. Children never stroopsed in the hearing of adults, for if they did they got what "Paddy gave the drum". Children who strooped at their peers got the retort: "stroops in you fryin' pan; the stroops gave off the sound of hot oil! Hi, I'm Mexican and we call it "chuparse los dientes". Indicative of annoyance, such as when a parent sends a kid to do a chore.
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Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Chances are you have heard most of these examples at some point. In fact, stereotypes are a bit like air: invisible but always present.
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