130 Microaggressions and How they are used to Control
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Microaggressions & How they are used to Control
“Liberation does not come from outside” — Gloria Steinem
What are Micro-aggressions?
Aggression is aggression. Like most things, there is a scale involved, a range. To one extreme the aggression is war, violence, while the other end of the spectrum presents as snide comments and passive-aggressive behavior.
Micro-aggressions are so insidious because they hide in plain sight. They are hard to call out and often dismissed by the person using them.
These techniques are used by those who have power when they are, or feel, threatened, insecure individuals in particular. It becomes a defense mechanism, it’s purpose is to keep you down, to ‘put you in your place’, thus restoring the persons feeling of power and feeding their fragile ego.
Here’s how you combat it.
What you’ll hear on today’s episode:
- How minimizing is a micro-aggression
- How Trivializing is a micro-aggression
- How Grouping is used as a micro-aggression
- Social constructs
- The idea of ‘Normal’
- The difference between a micro-aggression, a macro-aggression and a micro-insult
- Why people in power don’t get it
- Marginalized groups bear the brunt of these forms of aggression
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