Welcome to the 102nd episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. In today’s episode, I am going to be talking about tone policing at work, what it means, its impacts and how to call it out. In addition to how to call out the tone police!
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In today’s show, on beware the tone police
- Why I decided to make an episode on tone policing. [00:43]
- Clarify what tone policing is [01:04]
- A recent high-profile example of tone policing in the UK. [01:36]
- My experience with tone policing. [03:07]
- How you can combat tone policing in the workplace. [07:39]
Quotes related to beware the tone police
- Tone policing detracts from the uncomfortable truth by attacking the tone in which it was presented rather than the message itself.
- Global Majority/Women of Colour are often called aggressive when we simply want to get our point across, be direct, passionate or dare to challenge.
- When you’re tone policing someone, what you’re actually doing is saying to them that your feelings as the person doing the policing, matters more than their lived experience.
- We are all emotional beings. We are not robots!
Resources to support this episode on beware the tone police
- Feminism India
- Everyday Feminism Tone Policing and Privilege
- Tone policing is a little-known microaggression that’s common in the workplace — here’s how to identify it.
- Podcast Episode 97: The art of listening to support someone
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