Choose language intentionally
References for Supporting diversity with a new approach to software
Who needs it the most? People who are constantly dealing with microagressions; people who understand language very literally.
Who else benefits? People who don’t want reinforce racist / sexist / ablist / etc. patterns of domination.
- Ensure team members are familiar with the concept of microagression
- Understand what people mean by terms like privilege, intersectionality, heteronormativity, cognitive diversity, structural racism (and structural sexism, ablism, ...)
- Avoid using language with associations that are racist (e.g., "master/slave"), ablist ("lame"), sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ageist, ...
- Use automated tools like Alex to complement code and documentation reviews in finding problematic language
University of Missouri handout on Microagressions in Everyday Life