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“Nonheterosexuals face an enormous amount of hostility and discrimination from many heterosexuals in the workplace and in society as a whole. This excellent book educates the reader about how individuals' sexual orientation may affect both how well they are accepted by their coworkers, and how they react to coworkers. It is useful in courses or training programs on diversity in general or on this particular topic. It also may be used by individuals outside of courses who simply want to learn more about sexual orientation as a workplace issue and about themselves. Amy J. Zuckerman and George F. Simons's book is definitely the best book on the topic.” --Gary N. Powell, Department of Management, University of Connecticut Sexual orientation is one of the most controversial ...

Blaming the SWUMs
Blaming the SWUMs

Diversity management and training can also backfire when it's poorly done. For example, a program can easily increase resentment if it forcefully and falsely addresses diversity issues as if the intolerance of Straight, White, U.S.-born Men (SWUMs), or any other group, was the only cause.

Here are a few questions about scapegoating to reflect on or discuss with others:

  • What kinds of stressful situations tend to bring out resentment of others' differences for you personally? How do you handle such feelings when they arise?
  • What have been the stresses in your workplace or community when outbreaks of name-calling or even violence have occurred against gay people or other groups?
  • Do diversity efforts address everyone's prejudices and biases, or do they stack everyone ...
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