Empowering Alternatives

Created by Florencia Vallejo Ortiz


Language is powerful; it has the capacity to do much harm by devaluing and silencing individuals. Debates about appropriate language often lead to angry exchanges and accusations of attacks on the freedom of expression. In Empowering Alternatives, Florencia Vallejo Ortiz has created an online intersectional lexicon for compassionate communication. Seeking to expand debate and offer alternatives, she has compiled words that are discriminative, repressive, derogatory, abusive, and violent, while gently offering an explanation of how these words are oppressive along with empowering alternatives.

You can find this wonderful tool that encourages peaceful communication by eliminating oppression and discrimination through language at:


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