Friday, June 01, 2012

Little things add up.

"Shall I just park the car?" 
"What? Why? I drove all the way here, why shouldn't I park the car?" 
I'm not a bad driver. I'm just a girl.

>> Microaggressions are the subtle ways in which body and verbal language convey oppressive ideology about power or privilege against marginalized identities (race, gender, age, class, sexuality, body, ability...).

Often, they are never meant to hurt – acts done with little conscious awareness of their meanings and effects. Instead, their slow accumulation during a childhood and over a lifetime is in part what defines a marginalized experience, making explanation and communication with someone who does not share this identity particularly difficult. Social others are microaggressed hourly, daily, weekly, monthly. These comments create and enforce uncomfortable, violent and unsafe realities onto peoples’ workplace, home, school, childhood/adolescence/adulthood, and public transportation/space environments. <<

definition via the microagressions project

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