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Language and Power

20. November 2021 11:00

About gender-equitable language and discriminatory words

Asterisk, media capital I or underscore? Generic masculine or Gender-Gaga? Not many things are as warmly discussed as gender-equitable language at the moment. Language doesn’t only depict reality, but also contributes to its creation. How we write and speak influences how we perceive the world and how we can make it more equal.

Women’s rights movements and antiracist groups have been using antidiscriminatory and gender-equitable language since decades and have paved their way into mainstream. And it’s about much more than only the linguistic depiction of two genders: language makes gender diversity as well as non-binary, trans* and inter* people visible and a focus on antidiscrimination helps us to brush off racist, ableist and other problematic words from our vocabulary.

In this worshop we consider the origins and development of a non-discriminatory language. We look at different practical ways to fully release the beauty of language while reducing discriminatory terms and formulations.

The workshop is aimed at adults and doesn’t require any previous knowledge about gender and sexual diversity. Basic knowledge of discrimination issues is a plus but not necessarily mandatory. In interactive, well thought-out units, the participants become on one hand input, but also have the opportunity for exchange: open questions can be discussed in a respectful atmosphere.


Yasmin Künze, a.k.a. Mino is a student and focuses on critical theory in literature and passionately produces digital content.
Felicia Rolletschke is a freelancer workshop trainer, speaker, blogger and trans* activist from Berlin.

The workshop lasts 4 hours and happens on the online platform Zoom.


Please reach out per email at fuehrungen@schwulesmuseum.de and write us a sentence explaining why you would like to participate. You will receive the confirmation and link per email some days before the workshop. Group registration is not possible for this date.

A free offer from the Schwules Museum in German language. Donations are always welcome – please use the word „Bildung“ as reference:

Picture: Giegold & Weiß, multimedia installation „Genital Call“ from the exhibition „TRIAL & EROR – TRANSforming health and justice“. Photo: Paul Max Fischer