This glossary provides simple and basic definitions to some very complex concepts. It is recommended that you use these definitions as a jumping off point to more deeply engage these terms, learn how to understand them, and apply them.
the myth that racism no longer exists, and that all races are treated equally in all facets of life
benefits and advantages that are unearned and awarded based on identity; ie., white privilege
a formerly derogatory term used to refer to homosexuals, which has been reclaimed by the LGBTQ community and used to designate its members. Also an area of scholarly inquiry; ie., queer theory
a person who is exploring or unsure of his or her sexuality
a marker of difference and way of categorizing individuals based on physical characteristics, particularly one’s skin color; historically used in governance, institutional policies and representational practices (including media).
discrimination against someone or some group of people based upon race
in studies of media, the ways in which particular groups, topics, communities or ideas are portrayed through narratives, images, text or sound
discrimination against someone or some group of people based upon sex
a category of identity based upon sexual orientation
one’s mode of sexual attraction; ie., homosexual, heterosexual
to judge or discriminate against a person based on his or her skin tone
a shorthand used to classify cultural groups and individuals based on a simplified, overgeneralized and often biased understanding of how that cultural group operates
refers to heterosexual individuals and groups
segments or divisions of society that help to classify or group people, i.e. lower class, middle class