Modern sensitivity refers to the cultural shift towards a greater awareness and consideration of individual differences, experiences, and perspectives. It recognizes that people have diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences, and therefore require different types of support, accommodation, and respect. This sensitivity extends to a wide range of social issues, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and more.
In many ways, modern sensitivity is a response to historical oppression and discrimination, as well as ongoing societal inequalities. It seeks to promote social justice and equity by acknowledging and addressing the ways in which individuals and communities have been marginalized and excluded from full participation in society.
One of the key features of modern sensitivity is the emphasis on language and communication. People are encouraged to use language that is respectful, inclusive, and mindful of the ways in which different groups may experience language differently. For example, people are encouraged to use gender-neutral language to avoid assumptions about gender identity, and to use language that reflects the diverse identities and experiences of the people around them.
Modern sensitivity also involves a recognition of the ways in which power and privilege operate in society. This means acknowledging that certain groups have historically had more power and privilege than others, and that this can lead to unequal opportunities and outcomes. As a result, modern sensitivity seeks to promote greater equity and inclusion, by creating more opportunities for historically marginalized groups, and by challenging and dismantling systems of oppression and discrimination.
Overall, modern sensitivity is a movement towards greater empathy, understanding, and inclusivity in our society. It recognizes that people have different experiences and perspectives, and seeks to create a more equitable and just world for everyone.
J. Michael Dennis, ll.l., ll.m.
Corporate Systemic Strategist