Kenji Yoshino, the author, is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the The preface of the book best tells the meaning of covering. 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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He lives in New York with his husband and two children. Sweeping in breadth, brilliantly argued, and filled with insight, humor, and erudition.

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He illustrated how there can be differing levels demands, particularly in the case of custody, because there may be a push to avoid converting children to being gay, while gay parents may be required to pass to their children, and the courts may only yoshhino covering.

I read this a few months ago, but am just reviewing it now. Since we all experience the covering demand, we can all make common cause around a new civil rights paradigm based on our desire for authenticity—a desire that brings us together rather than driving us apart.

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Archived copy as title Wikipedia articles with style kneji from July All articles with style issues Pages to import images to Wikidata. The concept of covering is one that I identify with on many levels.

The source was sociologist Irving Goffman’s book, Stigma, and what kenj intrigued me about it was that he was contrasting two terms: Despite this, however, we still routinely deny equal treatment to people who refuse to downplay differences along these lines. If ‘passing’ is the demand that people pass for something other than they are blacks with light skin passing as white, gays pretending to be straight’covering’ is the yooshino that, while you don’t have to pass, you do have to keep your differences with others under wraps blacks not acting “too black,” or gays making sure not to “act too gay” in “polite company”.

Kenji Yoshino explores the cost of conformity at work

The white paper corroborated what Yoshino had seen yoxhino the case law he discussed in his book: It hurts not only our most vulnerable citizens but our most valuable commitments. He argues, rightly, that being coerced to hide our true selves is a violation of our civil liberties. Feb 20, Pages Buy.


Dec 11, Michael kfnji it really liked it Shelves: Examining the Effects of Assimilation Listen. I only gave this book 3 stars because, while it is a recollection of Kenji’s life experiences and his explanation of the concept of covering, he wrote the book in an aggressively intellectual manner. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Personally I find legal arguments often fascinating. Also, minority coveriing often criticize themselves and others. First, what is and isn’t a good reason is a very fuzzy, if not a subjective, thing.

Inthe coveding edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders classified homosexuality as a psychopathologic problem.

Against that conventional understanding, Kenji Yoshino argues that the demand to cover can pose a hidden threat to our civil rights. He also has some serious problems with kdnji he construes the “choice to assimilate” in the book, often decrying it in one chapter and requiring it in another.

He has received several distinctions for his teaching, most recently the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in I yoshimo enjoyed this book, and think it would be really helpful for more people to read.

Yoshino is a Yale Law professor, first generation Japanese American and a coverung man. Yoshino concludes that the burden of proof should be on employers to give reasons why covering demands on employees are justified; they should have to give “reason-forcing arguments” in Yoshino’s words, as to why covering demands shall be necessary.

The first was Speak Now, about the Hollingsworth v. This involved a lesbian losing her job deputy personnel because of her sexuality and the boss finding out of her marriage to her partner.

This is a must read for passionates of human rights, but most importantly, a clear need for those who prefer to stay in the margin. If an employer wants, say, to prohibit employees from wearing cornrows because, say, they simply want their employees to look relatively ‘mainstream,’ could the court really find some objective way kenui determine whether this is oenji good reason? Evidence of the shift is shown through the Supreme Court rulings in ‘s Lawrence v. Yoshino got the title word of his book from the sociologist Erving Goffman’s book, Stigma.

According to Coveringour final answers lie in social solutions and not legal solutions. 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. While Yoshino provides many examples of relevant case law and eloquently argues for a new paradigm of civil rights, what I particularly liked about the book was its description of a universal experience, that of feeling the need to hide your true identity in order to escape ridicule and put the people around you at ease.


Where I don’t “get it” is in believing that a workplace which asks employees to leave their personal lives at home is somehow discriminatory. Share your thoughts with other customers. As the book progresses, Yoshino gets less autobiographical and more academic, discussing reports that others have of covering demands and how they affect many types of people, as well as cases in the law where the courts generally allow employers to enforce covering demands on the job.

Retrieved from ” https: Through the act of covering, Yoshino never brought his boyfriend to work events or talked about his boyfriend in public, when around straight people. Yoshino, though, questions whether and to what extent who one is can be separated meaningfully from what one does.

The explosive pluralism of contemporary American society will inexorably push this country away from group-based identity politics. That there is no reason for groups to cover:.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Yoshino contends that we are entering a new civil rights epoch, gripped by a new generation of discrimination he calls covering: This is a beautifully written, brilliant and hopeful book, offering a new understanding of what is at stake in our fight for human rights.

Author Kenji Yoshino talks about his new book Covering: Then, the next step, Yoshino and Smith emphasized, is for management to change their own behavior at work. The only cue to the somewhat covert references is when there is phrasing like “in a more recent case. Should the government be forced to take back some of the oneness of making decisions for protection, and what would that entail?