when was the last time you couldn't talk about something that was important to you?
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body dysmorphia ... racism ... misogyny ... mass incarceration ... systemic white supremacy in museums ... gender roles ... asking for help ... suicide ... having religion in an atheist community ... lgbtq rights ... sexual health ... lgbtqia+ rights ... ... digital rape vs. our traditional ideas of rape ... interracial relationships ... depression of wages because of majority women careers ... racism ... mental health ... race / racism ... inappropriate male behavior ... ageism ... spirituality / religion ... transphobia ... money, poverty, finances ... white shame and the fear of that being white fragility ... gun rights
how to navigate tough conversations
what are your agreed upon guidelines for dialogue? (these may include...) ◆ use “I” statements (we can only speak for ourselves) ◆ listen and allow space for everyone to contribute ◆ trust that others are sharing with good intentions ◆ accept and expect discomfort, anxiety, and frustration ◆ it’s okay to make mistakes ◆ don’t expect to solve everything ◆ celebrate small wins
why are some issues so hard to talk about? ◆ we silence ourselves (personal silencing) ◆ social taboos stop us from talking (cultural silencing) ◆ people with power prevent open dialogue (institutional silencing)
what are some personal best practices to follow when we have tough conversations? ◆ be informed; do your research ◆ ask open and genuine questions ◆ practice active listening ◆ demonstrate empathy for others ◆ avoid pressuring anyone to disclose personal experiences ◆ avoid comparing one person’s pain with another