“Language can never be neutral; it creates versions of reality. To describe an event is inevitability to characterize the event."1
Begin this module with a short word association exercise. You will need a pen and paper for this.
What do the words and phrases on the short list below make you think of?
Take a few minutes and write down the first thing that comes to mind with each.
- Sexual intercourse
- Have sex with
1. Jean Bavelas & Linda Coates, Is it Sex or Assault? Erotic versus Violent Language in Sexual Assault Trial Judgments, 10 J. Social Distress & the Homeless 29 (2001).