Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emotions, Language, and the Untranslatable

This is a cross-post to both the Teaching High School Sociology and Psychology Blogs.  This chart shows primary emotions and the less-used words that are related.  The chart also offers us some untranslatable nuanced terms that are found in other, non-English languages.

It is an infographic that I found from Mental Floss at this address:

The Teaching High School Sociology web site

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Epithet for Whites

I was catching up on some inline reading and discovered this little gem.  The article is about a new possible epithet for whites.  The term itself has been around for a while, but not in the racial epithet context.

"Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We've All Been Waiting For"

I am not sure if it would be usable for the high school class--many communities would take issue with the language used, but it provides a great deal of context for those at the college level and adults in general.

The article examines different terms in history, both for whites and non-whites.  It's just a really good overview that makes a case for this term.  Great fodder for discussion.

The Teaching High School Sociology web site

Monday, October 20, 2014

Return to Posting-Several Articles of Note

It has been far too long.  I will endeavor to return to posting regularly on this blog.

Here are links to a couple of recent articles that could easily be tied into any sociology class.

Why Poor Kids Do Not Stay in College

This link has the interactive graphic:
This is excellent for socioeconomic status and stratification

Poor Kids Who Do Everything Right Still Don't Do Better Than Rich Kids Who Do Everything Wrong
another good article on stratification and inequalities in our current economic system

Sexy Halloween Costumes that Barely Resemble Their Real-Life Counterparts

San Francisco Radio "Bans" Lorde song Royals until after the World Series.  
Nice in-group/out-group stuff with this one

The Teaching High School Sociology web site

Sunday, August 25, 2013

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures: An Infographic

The original version of this topic was posted here at Daily Infographic.  I love language, it phonemes and morphemes, it grammar and syntax.  Puns are a huge part of my life.  But this infographic does what one of my favorite books does, take cool words from other tongues that do not have English correlates.  Just fun words that can tell us about the values of various cultures.

The Teaching High School Sociology web site

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Everyday Sexism

In the recent past, I've discovered a Twitter feed with the handle, "@EverydaySexism."  The feed
is fascinating for me as a male because I had no idea the kind of inappropriate and crappy behavior women have had to deal with.

I recommend checking out the sites and sharing responses with your students to get their interpretations.  Perhaps a pre-brief may be necessary as some of the content is quite graphic and the ideas may help long-held-in frustrations boil to the surface in class.  Still very worthwhile.

When it comes to giving young women a voice, we as sociology teachers must assist.  We also have an obligation to guide our young men into appropriate behavior.

The Teaching High School Sociology web site

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Rape Culture Part 2

This link was shared with me about the CNN coverage of the rape case in Ohio.  I posted my thoughts above the link from

This is part of the rape culture I was speaking about earlier. The boys' lives are ruined, yes. They made choices. What about the young woman whose life was forever altered because our society says it's ok to rape a drunk girl? She got drunk--perhaps deserved a hangover, not being raped. Avoiding expletives while typing--this really angers me.
From the Huffington Post:

CNN's Steubenville Coverage Focuses On Effect Rape Trial Will Have On Rapists, Not Victim

The Teaching High School Sociology web site