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Kyriarchy are the structures of domination working together as a network - not just one group dominating another. Its branches include but are not limited to racism, sexism, cissexism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism.

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Gender, prejudice, aggression, evolution

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by The Nerd Jan 25, 2012. 1 Reply

MicroAggressions

"Can you move these chairs so I can sit down with my friend and eat?"

“Can you move these chairs so I can sit down with my friend and eat?”

- White woman to me, a black man. I was waiting in line to be seated at a restaurant in Washington DC.

I’m in an ethics class, and the topic of microaggressions came up today. I was astonished to...

I’m in an ethics class, and the topic of microaggressions came up today. I was astonished to discover that at least half the class believes that “microaggressions aren’t real” because people “are too sensitive and need to grow a thick skin”. The class, including my teacher, proceeded to mock microaggressions for the rest of the period.

I, an Asian girl, was waiting with my mother on line in a New York County Court with a Hispanic...

I, an Asian girl, was waiting with my mother on line in a New York County Court with a Hispanic family in front of us. A white male that was working there walked past us, completely ignored us and greeted another white male that was on line behind us with “How can I help you, sir?” Keep in mind we were all fluent in English.

We are learning American history in college. We are focused on slavery and the Civil War during the...

We are learning American history in college. We are focused on slavery and the Civil War during the lead up to the 2014 referendum. After the results a white, yes (Brexit) -voting classmate cries that “I was trying to free us from slavery like blacks were in slavery.” This was after we studied several slave narratives which clearly illustrated the horrors that black people had to endure. Several other classmates nag the teacher about “why we don’t sussed like the South did.”

"Let the GIRL go pass."

“Let the GIRL go pass.”

- Said to me (an African American woman over the age of 30) by a young white male (under the age of 30) on the light rail; (on my way home from an Orioles game) when I refused to go under his arm to exit the train and I brought to his attention that he was impeding my passage, after saying “excuse me” numerous times and his refusal to move out of the way. 

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 25, 2011 at 10:07pm

Actually, Max ... yeah.  God sacrificed himself to god to appease god ... except that god survived the sacrifice, and now god is sitting beside god at the right hand of god!

Clear?

[Man ... you do NOT get much more fucked up than THAT.]

Comment by Mac Rex on October 25, 2011 at 8:45pm

Um, I may be wrong, but isn't the Jewish zombie his own father, as well as son?  Kind of makes this all that more fucked up, at least to me.

It, of course, just really comes down to power and control - they want to suck out your power of individuality and control how you think.  Fucking mind vampires.

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on October 25, 2011 at 4:57pm
This is Fred Phelps-level material. Also, I've always heard among both Christians and Muslims that if a husband makes a wife disobey god, she is allowed to defy him.
Comment by Loren Miller on October 25, 2011 at 2:15pm

Charming stuff, Nerd ... glad I didn't have lunch!

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on October 11, 2011 at 7:54pm
To clarify it was a woman (black although I don't think that matters) that was listened to and treated differently because of being flashier and more popular...so OK maybe it wasn't the same as the example. But if some people like someone they will have an unconscious bias toward any inane thing they say.
Comment by Susan Stanko on October 10, 2011 at 1:17pm
Actually, I think he was just invoking troubleshooting  101 a bit to drastically.  For those who don't know, troubleshooting 101 is the user is stupid.  Because more often then not, that is indeed where the problem is.
Comment by Mac Rex on October 10, 2011 at 1:03pm
I believe it was the author Colin Wilson, who noted that when you talk to people about something, whether important or mundane, the people you speak to will be thinking about something else, what they had for supper, how the weather's been, etc., and will miss most of the information you're trying to give them.  I think that a person's personal confirmation bias comes into play too, and what they hear will tend to be related, in some way, to their confirmation bias.
For instance, yesterday afternoon, I had to take our 3 ton picker truck, loaded with 4 pallets of chemicals to an oil rig, about 180 Km away.  As soon as I left our yard, I noticed it was not shifting into high range (this type of truck shifts between high and low range in it's differential, by way of an electrical solenoid, with it's control switch on the stick shift).  I phoned the guy who normally drives this truck, an he assured me that it did at least 100 km/ph. I noted that the speedo displayed 100 km/ph, when the high range was activated, and about 75 km/ph when in low range, but there was no change in the gear or speed. Obviously, someone had fucked up the wiring, so I phoned my boss to let her know, so that it could be fixed on Tuesday(it's a long weekend for us).  One of our mechanics happened to be visiting her, at that time, so she put him on the phone.  I tried explaining to him what was happening, but the schmuck kept interrupting, and telling me how to shift that type of truck, and ignoring the information about the speedo!  It took about 5 min. of arguing before I got it through to him that the truck was not shifting, and there was a short causing the speedo to give a false reading.  Thick as a bloody brick, all because this is a new mechanic, who doesn't know my level of experience, and assumed that I just didn't know how to shift that type of truck, instead of listening to what I was telling him.
Comment by Steph S. on October 10, 2011 at 11:22am
Prog Rock Girl - It looks like sexism is still alive and well.  It has happened to me too.  It makes me feel like giving-up sometimes.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on October 10, 2011 at 11:13am
"I am an activist at Occupy Boston. I make a proposal at a General Assembly and I get no response. Right after me, a man gets up and makes the same one. His gets passed. This is a pattern here. Makes me feel belittled, silenced and not welcome in this movement. I am 21." This has totally happened to me in social groups. Someone who is more popular just has more free-floating attention and people evaluate what is said based on the person that said it.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on October 10, 2011 at 11:08am
In other words, good news everyone!
 

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