Microaggressions Blog

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Microaggressions are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities—whether intentional or unintentional—that communicate hostile attitudes, slights, or insults toward members of marginalized groups, including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTI community. The Microagressions blog collects and publishes reader-submitted descriptions of microaggressions and the impact the microaggressions had on the people who endured them.  Here are two examples:

Look at her. That’s no fair. Why do I have to walk? She’s taking advantage.

I’m a wheelchair user in a large museum. I felt like my struggles with accessibility were nothing and the young, able-bodied man who said this expected pity.

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Excuse me, do you speak English?

—Man at the bus stop. I am an Asian American woman. I was reading Jane Austen. In English.

To read the many posts on the blog and perhaps to submit your own, click here.

UN Says World Leaders Must Act to Stop Systematic Rape of Girls in Conflict Zones

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The UN has cited world leaders for “turning a blind eye” to systematic rape of girls in conflict countries and has called for those responsible to be charged by the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Of special note, the lead author of the UN report says, “The neglect and inertia demonstrated by the international community is almost as shocking as the crimes themselves. In effect, world leaders are turning their backs on young girls who desperately need protection, and turning a blind eye to crimes against humanity.”  To read the article from the PovertyMatters Blog with a link to the full report, click here.

Against Oppression Analogy

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The author of this article says, “The discourse of anti-discrimination reinforce a notion that all oppressions are similar. And while I may well agree that different types of oppression are equal, I think that analogising one to another stunts our knowledge of either.” To read more click here.

‘Mad Men’ Sexism Was The Real Thing, Women Can Recall

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Women recount the office harassment portrayed in Mad Men. To read more click here.

The Male Privilege Checklist

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Three  male privileges from the Alas! blog:

1.  If I buy a new car, chances are I’ll be offered a better price than a woman buying the same car.

2. I can ask for legal protection from violence that happens mostly to men without being seen as a selfish special interest, since that kind of violence is called “crime” and is a general social concern. (Violence that happens mostly to women is usually called “domestic violence” or “acquaintance rape,” and is seen as a special interest issue.)

3. If I’m not conventionally attractive, the disadvantages are relatively small and easy to ignore.

To read more click here.

Owning Privilege

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privilegeIn this brief article from the Feministe blog, the author says, “Understanding and owning privilege does not mean that you must live a life of shame or guilt, it does however mean that you owe a debt that must be repaid.” Click here to read more.

“Stereotype Threat:” Creating Poor Performance

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Stereotype threat refers to the risk of confirming a negative stereotype about one’s own group. Research shows that stereotype threat causes decreased performance and distancing from the stereotyped group. Click here to go ReducingStereotypeThreat.org to read more.

How Objectification Silences Women

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Recent studies show the harm caused by sexually objectifying women. To read more click here.

A Literary Glass Ceiling?

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Women Browsing BooksThis New Republic article by Ruth Franklin searches for the reasons for apparent gender bias in the book review sections of magazines and literary journals. To read the article click here.

The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck

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This personal narrative from the Shakesville blog offers insights about the way sexism affects everyday life for women and dampens their ability to easily trust men. The article strikes a chord with the experiences of other marginalized groups  like people of color and persons with disabilities.  To read The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck by Melissa McEwan, the founder of Shakesville, click here.

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