3 Reasons Being Called Exotic is NOT a Compliment

1. Reflection Questions

Why is it important to think critically about the language used to describe and compliment people of all genders? 

What impacts does language like the word “exotic” have in communities of color? 

2. Take Action

Get Savvy. Everybody deserves to engage in positive, healthy, and consensual relationships where no one is exotified or tokenized. It can be hard to tell when relationships with people we care about start to veer into harmful or unhealthy territory. That’s why it’s so important to be clear about what a healthy relationship looks like for you and what to do when you see or experience signs of abusive or coercive relationship behaviors. Join youth at thatsnotcool.com to be in the conversation about what respect looks like in youth relationships. 

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3. Healing + Resilience

Get Together. Whether you’re learning about this for the first time or you’ve already known about this challenging history, it’s hard to hold it all alone. When big questions or emotions come up, talk about what you’re feeling with friends, family or teachers. It’s important to decompress, ask questions, and express your opinions with people you can trust. 

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