WHAT IS DISCRIMINATION?
At Outskirts we do not believe that we live in an equal society. We believe that some in society are made to feel disenfranchised and are defined as ‘other’ by socially dominant groups. We believe these discriminations are based on many factors including, but not limited to, an individual's gender identity, cultural background, ethnicity, economic and class status, physicality, religious beliefs and sexuality.
Discrimination can take many forms and manifest in many overt and convert ways. The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society and states it is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of age, being or becoming a transsexual person, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or having a child, disability, race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, belief or lack of religion/belief, sex or sexual orientation.
These are called ‘protected characteristics’ and you are protected from discrimination in the workplace, in education, as a consumer, when using public services, when buying or renting property or as a member or guest of a private club or association.
You are legally protected from discrimination by the The Equality Act 2010 and if you feel you are being discriminated against you can find out how to take action to protect your self here.
However, at Outskirts we believe there are many other ways that those who are marginalised are made to feel they are less in society and that there are many subtle ways that this is communicated. Not all aggressions are easily recognizable, especially when they are embedded in a dominant culture and are socially sanctioned or seen as socially acceptable. Examples of less obvious discriminations and aggressions are gender stereotyping, cat-calling and street harassment, the use of derogatory language and the objectification of women in the media and in advertising.
We believe these examples to be the potential root of insidious trauma, which can be as damaging as more overt aggressions particularly as their covert nature may lead to a person questioning their own perceptions of experience, or their own sanity.
At Outskirts we plan to work in many ways to raise awareness and consciousness with regard to these issues in the pursuit of facilitating personal and political change.