Bias language consists of words or phrases that are considered prejudiced, offensive, and hurtful. It includes expressions that demean or exclude people because of their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class, or certain physical or mental traits (About 2015). Bias-free language are words or phrases that avoid all types of biased language. Including: age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, social class, or certain physical or mental traits (About 2015). Avoiding bias language has become popular in efforts of trying to eradicate stereotypes. Although the efforts have good intentions, altering everyday language in attempt to be inclusive is debatable.
Being of target of bias can affect socialization due to the negatives attitudes that it entails.
Biased language usually refers to the use of words that intentionally or unintentionally offend people or express negative attitudes concerning a person’s race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or illness (Bevan and Sole, 2014, Section 4.1, para. 25). It is essential to understand the impact biased language can have on people’s attitude, behaviors, and perception. The use of biased language can give others the impression that you have
Above we have three sentences that exemplify linguistic prejudice. According to the Oxford dictionary, prejudice is a “preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience”. Prejudice is not based on our own reason. Kant defines prejudice as a tendency to passivity and, consequently, to the “heteronomy of reason”. This means that a prejudicial idea/belief is not authentic, but given to us by a person or a group and we accept it without considering the facts or they are simply unknown. We do not exercise critical thinking
1. When writing a research report, there are five main issues of “language bias”. They include but, are not limited to, gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity, and disabilities. Gender is language bias, as it is a cultural term referring to social roles, which may be perceived as offensive. For example, referring to a female firefighter as a fireman implies that the female is actually a male firefighter. To avoid this, writers should ensure that they are using terms to avoid sexist bias. Next, age is language bias as a writer might think that someone is elderly because they are 50 but in reality, it is not accurate to call someone elderly until they are 65 or older. Those that are 50 could find this offensive. Thus to avoid this, a writer should always include an age range or refer to the APA manual when placing people into age categories.
I think the types of automatic processing I engage in has to do with cultural stereotypes like asians are good at math and science, or they like to eat rice. I tend to believe that spanish people have feisty attitudes, and they eat chicken, rice and beans a lot. Group stereotypes like gothic people wear all black and are depressed.
Another example of how home language or race has impacted children and families is in a classroom that shows in group bias. In group bias towards the groups in which people are members (Patterson & Bigler, 2006). What could happen in an instance such as this is as the children become more aware of societal norms that favor certain groups over others, they will often show a bias toward the socially privileged group (Winkler, 2009). A study showed that children of color as young as five years old show evidence of being aware of, and negatively impact by sterotypes about their racial group (Hirschfeld, 2008). This is evident in a classroom where the children start taking on the bias role of the teacher. In a classroom, children are questioning the skin color of another child. Instead of the teacher stopping to talk about how we are all the same, just different colors, the teacher ignores it. This silence will force children to come up with their own biases, prejudices and assumptions about races other than their own.
Bias is the prejudice for or against one thing compared with another, that is usually considered unfair. Being biased is similar to being stereotypical, only bias is based on personal preference and not the characteristics of a group as a whole. Bias can be as simple as calling someone names, or it can go as far as not serving someone in a restaurant because they are of a certain race. Bias goes even further than the common people, and has been around since the earlier days of the United States. During Abraham Lincoln’s time, many newspapers were closed for being biased against the South, but it gets worse. Bias has existed everywhere, and without any change, it will continue to influence the media and the society of today.
Bias is a discernibly human quality; like all things human in nature, there lies deep in our consciousness values, axiology’s, and prejudice. These ‘biases’, rather worldviews, create within each person their own rose coloured lenses with which they perceive, and more importantly, influence the world. To look at how bias can occur both blatantly and subtly in writing, three distinct forms will be analyzed; Linguistic Biases,
Society once had a conjecture that only discriminatory people used stereotypes, however, studies in unconscious bias now reveal that we all are guilty of using stereotypes, all the time, without knowing it. Finally, the antagonist of equality has been found, and it is us. With a limited perspective, we all have a bias view of the world, this is because we are only capable of hearing, seeing, and reading what is around us. A definitive version of reality is not subject to one person. Our position in society helps inform our world view, such as, our race, class, gender, religion, and culture, impacting how we view, respond and react to every experience. Often times, decision makers or not aware of their bias, which can effect the decisions being made. To begin, I will define stereotyping as it is expressed in modern society and the impact of mass media, then I will explain the process of storing stereotypes in the brain, I will give a theory of why man-kind stereotypes, and then explain how it effects decision making.
Prejudice creates social and emotional tension, and may lead to fear, anxiety and occasionally hostility and violence, which can then lead to the ruin of self-esteem and self-confidence of those being bullied. State dependents are labeled as unlovable, worthless, deadbeats, misfits, I was basically prepackaged for failure. Media plays a large part in stereotypes such as prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.
These biases can lead to misrepresenting participants’ descriptions. Describing atypical individuals may lead to poor generalizations and detract from external validity.