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Glossary

Textured Hair

Hair whose strands create shape, like curves, spirals, zig zags or waves (23)

Theater

A building or outdoor area in which plays and other dramatic performances are given

Theatre

The activity or profession of acting in, producing, directing, or writing plays

Tokenism

The practice of making only a perfunctory or symbolic effort to do a particular thing, especially by recruiting a small number of people from underrepresented groups in order to give the appearance of sexual or racial equality within a workforce.

Tom Show

A general term for any play or musical based (often only loosely) on the 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The novel attempts to depict the harsh reality of slavery, and ultimately reinforced harmful Black stereotypes in the American Psyche. Many unauthorized plays based on the novel were staged for decades, many of them mocking the novel's strong characters and social message, and leading to the pejorative term "Uncle Tom." Stage plays based on Uncle Tom's Cabin—"Tom shows"—began to appear while the story itself was still being serialized. These plays varied tremendously in their politics, but almost always employed the use of Blackface minstrelsy.

Tone-policing

A tactic used by those who have privilege to silence the ones who do not by focusing on the tone of what is being said rather than the actual content. It is used to silence, derail or disengage from a conversation by controlling the people participating and the conditions under which the conversation is happening. (58)

Toxic Masculinity

A set of behaviors and beliefs that include the following:

Suppressing emotions or masking distress

Maintaining an appearance of hardness

Violence as an indicator of power (59)

Transformative Justice

Transformative justice is a way of addressing an individual act of harm that relies on community members instead of the police, the law, or the government (also known as the state)24 Also defined as an approach to divesting in disposability and thinking that when people fail, they automatically have to be removed from the community. (21)

Transparency

The full and honest accounting of all facts, information, and context essential to ensuring an informed and equitable decision-making process. In practice, the principle of transparency also applies to the intentions and conduct of leaders, organizers, and facilitators, including whether they encourage or suppress criticism and dissenting viewpoints, whether they share or conceal unflattering information and conflicts of interest, and whether they acknowledge or disregard their own motivations and biases. (57)

Transphobia

The fear and persecution of transgender/transexual persons.  Rooted in a desire to maintain the gender binary (i.e. the categories ‘male’ and ‘female’), which obscures the reality of the fluidity of gender and invisibilizes the experiences of persons who do not identify with either category. (72)

Trauma Porn

“Any type of media – be it written, photographed or filmed – which exploits traumatic moments of adversity to generate buzz, notoriety or social media attention” and seems to be the most rampant when it’s a Black or brown body being maimed, murdered, abused or exploited. (86)

Citations

21. Transformative Justice, Explained

23. How To Style Natural Textured Hair By Celebrity Hairstylist Vernon Francois

57. Transparency Principle – Organizing Engagement

58. What Is Tone Policing And Why Is It Wrong?

59. In her words: What Is Toxic Masculinity?

72. Transphobia | Colours of Resistance Archive

86. Before you share ‘trauma porn’ videos on social media, consider these critical things

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The JJI Glossary defines terms that are necessary in discussing equity in the arts. This glossary is the result of countless hours of thoughtful research and innovation by our team.

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