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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 Susan Stanko on July 5, 2011 at 6:28pm
I have an account with them for comments.
Comment by Susan Stanko on June 17, 2011 at 11:14am
I can assure you John that somebody somewhere will call you a woman-blaming misogynist.  Usually, by people who have no clue what misogyny actually is.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2011 at 12:17pm

Younger children have often copied what they think older children do. There are enough horror stories in the media about eating disorders to stimulate copy-cat behaviour.

 

The more stable lifestyle suggested may help in combating the development of more serious problems for many, in the spirit of "a stitch in time saves nine", mostly because parents get more involved in their childrens' well-being thus helping them to a reasonable sense of self-worth.

 

Does any of that make sense to you? I'm not playing down the problem. My daughter had a brush with anorexia some years ago and it frightened the shit out of me. I just feel that careful, considered steps work better than a media panic.

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on June 10, 2011 at 8:48am
I'm gonna go with the dictionary. I see the point about institutionalization, but for individual people this is kind of abstract. It doesn't make any difference in the example of a white kid getting bullied by minorities, because bullying is just as harmful regardless of race. Worse, I could see the bullies thinking the "I can't be racist" idea gives them a free pass.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 10, 2011 at 7:20am

Oxford dictionary: Racist: 1) The belief that each race has certain qualities or abilities, giving rise to the belief that certain races are better than others. 2) discrimination or hostility towards other races.

"Race is a cultural concept, not a scientific one". Gil Grissom.

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on June 9, 2011 at 9:38pm
What happened to the posting on the wall about how minorities are not capable of racism? I thought that would be a good discussion.
Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2011 at 5:02am
Because social change needs to overcome social inertia.  Not much different from physical inertia in that regard!
Comment by Ian Mason on May 29, 2011 at 2:27am
Social evolution takes time.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 28, 2011 at 3:12pm
That's a little outdated now that there are few factory jobs and the masses are unemployed.
Comment by Ian Mason on May 28, 2011 at 1:54pm
Skin shades are based on economic structure: in agrarian societies where "the masses" work in the sun, being pale is a sign of wealth. In Western societies where the majority work in factories and offices, often working shift-work, having a tan is a sign of wealth. The expression "blue-blooded" comes from being pale enough that the veins could be seen through the skin.

Just a matter of applying basic Marxism.
 

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