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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 Prog Rock Girl on May 27, 2011 at 8:07pm
It's rampant in India. "Fair and lovely" is a skin-lightening product (meanwhile, white people want to get tanned...)
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 21, 2011 at 10:20am

We're talking about things like race, gender, which I hope you are not including in assigning value to. Sexual orientation, well we already know you place higher value on "straight".

 

The values may or may not be accurate. People pick on fat people because they make assumptions due to their appearance: they must be unhealthy, never exercise, lazy. It is healthier to be overweight and exercise than be skinny and sedentary. I know some skinny people who can't swim across a pool. I swim 25 laps. There is also a matter of something called "internal fat" which surrounds the organs and is unhealthy but it doesn't show on the outside. And there are other bad health habits that don't show so much on the outside.

 

The only time I would assign values would be in emergency situations or when it comes to diminished quality of life.

Comment by Sean Murphy on April 15, 2011 at 7:03pm
"How dare you say that it is acceptable/ok?!! I think it is hateful of you."

Accepting something is hateful? Yeah, that sounds like a troll. Or a fundie. Or both.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on April 13, 2011 at 6:10pm
If Ayn Rand was all about the individual doing whatver the hell they wanted, and whatever the individual wanted was morally right, who is she to tell people it's wrong to be gay?
Comment by pixie on April 13, 2011 at 3:06pm

Tonya = Troll?

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on April 13, 2011 at 2:57pm

I will agree that it isn't a wonderful thing to weigh 500 pounds, to have trouble moving and other health problems, and there are few who are "proud" of being like this if any. But there is also such a thing as being overweight and still healthy. In fact it's healthier than yo-yo dieting, obsessing about weight and appearance, having eating disorders, and being thin but malnourished. If someone is overweight but can still live a basically normal and enjoyable life then they should do that instead of beating up on themselves and making themselves miserable. It's no loss for the army b/c I'd be a terrible candidate.

 

Define "natural" please. Occurs in nature? Exists in the universe? Homosexuality does those things. Or are you saying it is less natural because it doesn't "feel" natural to you? I think it's a lot more natural than messaging random people on the Internet about potential group sex, personally.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 13, 2011 at 2:44pm
Something either occurs in nature or it doesn't.  Homosexuality occurs in nature ... PERIOD.  It may be lesser in instances of occurrence than heterosexuality, but it is no less NATURAL.
Comment by Susan Stanko on April 13, 2011 at 2:15pm
Why is being gay "less natural?  Which fat people think that being fat is great?
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on March 23, 2011 at 8:04pm
Good for them...despite the attempts at "religious exemptions from gay rights" from certain countries
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on March 16, 2011 at 8:02pm
Yeah, I couldn't read the facebook thing...though I'm not sure I want to!
 

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