My Language My Choice - "There is an assumption that because I am willing to speak out against injustices, I am doing so out of rage and not because it is the right thing to do." Princess Reese '14

MY LANGUAGE. MY CHOICE.

A campaign that addresses the use of hurtful and harmful language and the impact our words may have on others. My Language. My Choice. is a poster and a public service outdoor campaign throughout the Puget Sound region that advocates for individual responsibility and action in our language choice and usage.

WORDS CAN HURT

Understand your impact. Take responsibility.

speaking bubbles with "That's so Gay!", retarded, ghetto, bitch, illegal, "What are you?", no homo

Pacific Lutheran University students, faculty, staff, and alumni are photographed tearing a word or phrase they choose not to use. Participants also provide context as to why they choose not to use the particular word or phrase, thus stressing the importance of taking responsibility for the impact we have on others.

MLMC has focused on words and phrases such as “That’s so Gay and No Homo”, “Retarded”, “Ghetto”, “What Are You”, “Illegal”, and “Bitch”. Individuals specifically chose each word or phrase because they choose not to use these words or not to use them outside of their intended meaning (e.g. using retarded to describe something that we dislike or do not understand).

PLU Athletics asks you to stop using "retard" as an insult. Two swimmers tearing up signs that say retarded.
Name

Words can hurt

We choose the words that we use to communicate with others. Intentionally or unintentionally, the words we choose can have a negative impact on others. We must have the courage to NAME when we are hurt and when we have hurt others.

Claim

Know your impact

We must be cognizant that our actions have positive and/or negative consequences. Our decisions, our language, impacts those in our communities. We must CLAIM and take ownership of the impact that we have on others.

Dialogue

Take responsibility

We must acknowledge the power of our words to celebrate, praise, comfort, and honor others. But our words also have the power to demean, offend, belittle, and hurt. It is our responsibility to DIALOGUE with others to continue our growth of being more inclusive communities.

My Language My Choice - Caitlin
My Language My Choice - Jimena

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My Language My Choice - Akane & Ella
My Language My Choice - Azana
My Language My Choice - Caitlin
My Language My Choice - Jennifer Smith
My Language My Choice - Kelsey
My Language My Choice - Nicole
My Language My Choice - Xochilt
My Language My Choice - Danay
My Language My Choice - Dr. Torvend
My Language My Choice - Angie
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My Language My Choice - Jimena
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My Language My Choice - Nicole
My Language My Choice - Chris
My Language My Choice - Jazmyn
My Language My Choice - Angie & Devrin
My Language My Choice - Ashely
My Language My Choice - Ismar
My Language My Choice - Johnny
My Language My Choice - Maya
My Language My Choice - Malia
My Language My Choice - Princess
My Language My Choice - Princess
My Language My Choice - Jessica & Davon
My Language My Choice - Dajah & Teryn
My Language My Choice - Chase & Michael
My Language My Choice - Shelondra
My Language My Choice - Robin
My Language My Choice - Emily