Covering The Hidden Assault On Our Civil Rights. Against that conventional understanding, Kenji Yoshino argues that the demand to cover can pose a hidden. Praise. “[Kenji] Yoshino offers his personal search for authenticity as an encouragement for everyone to think deeply about the ways in which all of us have. Mar 21, Author Kenji Yoshino talks about his new book Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Human Rights, which examines the effects on civil rights.

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An interesting look at this new phenomenon – the book’s first half discusses this from the perspective of gay rights and then broadens its application to other groups. I did not think of it as a suicidal thought.

The reviews goes through the events in the book but does bring up the fact that racial covering is another strong approach to showing methods of covering:. Though we have come to some consensus against penalizing people for differences based on race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, and disability, we still routinely deny equal treatment to people who refuse to downplay cvering along these lines.

Covering by Kenji Yoshino

The legal arguments he builds about conversion pressure to conform to a heterosexual sexual orientationcovering hiding or playing down differences such as secual orientation, religion, disability and more and reverse covering. It was a book chosen as the freshman reading book for the university where I work, and I wanted to get a sense of what the cool kids read: Growing up, I assumed I was the word that rhymed with none other– like “silver” or “orange,” glistering bright, but sonnet foiling, and always solitary traveling.

Read the rest of my review at: There are those who would applaud the progress of American civil rights. Yoshino’s writing style can be too flowery and metaphorical for my taste when he writes autobiographically, but his argument on “covering” is a brilliant expansion on what, in the 60s, Milton Gordon called “Anglo-conformity.

His ultimate judgment however is that it is the role of government to protect the weak so that they don’t have to fight for themselves. Even if someone is openly gay, they may still tone down their behavior.

Jul 16, Chrystal rated it liked it Shelves: In many workforces, women earn the respect of her co-workers by acting masculine. Books Covering by Kenji Yoshino. Retrieved from ” https: March 21, 9: And what was really curious is that even after I came after out to my parents and came pass passing phase, I still felt this nagging urge or pressure to conform to straight norms.


Civil rights, in the grand American tradition and in my own opinion, should be given to anyone assuming they above the age of 16 with enough backbone to stand up and fight for them. It stood out because Yoshino explores a similar idea in this book, yet from a gay perspective.

American Yoshiofor example, American Airlines fired Rogers, an African American woman, for violating their grooming policy by wearing her hair in cornrows. July Learn how and when to remove this template message. Thank you so much, Farai. This new form of discrimination targets minority cultures rather than minority persons. The man is not only a brilliant legal scholar, coveirng also just an incredibly good writer. In other words, American Airlines punished Roberts for “flaunting” her African American-ness with hair braids, and fired her for failing to “cover” her racial identity with a mainstream hairstyle.

It is, as some have put it, a form of government designed for adults, not for coddling children. The shift from conversion to passing was gradual and did not necessary represent an advance in society’s acceptance of homosexuals, because of their overlapping.

Yoshino writes of “covering,” a fascinating concept that not only allows him to explore the current state of civil rights, but describe a method of being in the world that, while common among gays and other minority groups, will likely resonate with any reader.

Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights

He identifies the ways in which society overtly and covertly pressures individuals attempt to cover hide differences, even when those that cannot be hidden e. That there should be laws to protect them from yoshin to conform to local standards, even if their overall civil rights are already protected.

It can be and most likely the reason is that I hate my accent What of the private individual who likes to keep to themselves, who doesn’t wish to live a coverng on display? And also that since you can’t sue people all the time to change society, and that other forms of communication may be more conducive to change.

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Loved the mix of memoir and law precedents. That may sound ridiculous to some but I feel that this concept is something that affects us all and this style of writing is for such a small audience. In times to come, this book could be viewed as a seminal work.


To cover is to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream.

toshino The 60 Best Songs of playlist Mixed Media. He was educated at Harvard B. In our diverse society, all cogering us are outside the mainstream in some way […] every reader of this book has covered, whether consciously or not, and sometimes at significant personal cost. Rather, his incisive observations lend irresistible force to his social criticism.

Parents who overprotect their children end up with bunch of spoiled brats who can’t hold down a job, ienji a society this does not benefit us. And covering, under his kenmi is downplaying on identity that is known to others.

The most dreaded question he was asked was “Where are you from, really? Yoshino also covers racial covering and sex-based covering, the latter of which is even more complex, since women may be called on both to cove Most people are familiar with conversion see ex-gays and being closeted; law professor Kenji Yoshino is working on examining a third, more subtle demand on non-conforming people: This book challenges us all to confront our own unacknowledged biases, and it demands that we take seriously the idea that there are many different ways to be human.

And if you’re a mom on top of this? The fact that oyshino behave like the majority of the people is not to hide who we truly are but because humans are social creatures and that’s what social creatures do Yoshino’s main source of activism concerns gay rights, and argues that the idea and need for assimilation is inherently damaging, using the gay concepts of assimilation and closeted behavior as ways to frame the conversation on civil rights. Kenji Yoshino is the face and the voice of the new civil rights.

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While in Oxford, Yoshino had fallen in love. Also by Kenji Yoshino. Yoshino also covers racial covering and sex-based covering, the latter of which is even more complex, since women may be called on both to cover feminine behavior and masculine behavior.