a couple of days ago when i closed for work someone was carying their young pitbull pup in their arms in the store like a baby. the pitbull was sleeping like a baby. i almost died.
I think of honor as nothing more than a means of protecting your reputation. Abandoning racism and sexism to rebuild your reputation (i.e. bettering yourself as a person) work better if the motivation is based on making friends than responding to some legal punitive measure.
Unrelated to the above part: I do not see colorblindness in of itself as a mircoaggression, since it is better to see people as humans, and the idea of common humanity is essential to expanding human empathy, so long as it does not negate realty and certain personal experiences (ask for clarification so I can give more detailed examples).
Anonymous asked: What do you think of microaggressions?
I looked it up on wikipedia because I have never encountered this term in my studies. Most of what I read does not need a new term as these things already have names such being rude, sexism, racism (institutional or social forms of various degrees), homophobia, transphobia, and the discriminatory practices against the disabled make the term, sort of of unnecessary since we words and methods which accurately describe these things taking place in the real word. To me the term just do not appear useful.
I am not saying these things do not happen but the word just gets in the way of describing negative actions and beliefs which can cause harm to individuals and communities, even at times they do not involve physical aggression.
You can’t regulate thoughts such as sexism, racism, homophobia, ableism, and transphobia other than through shame. If there is no institutional practice or physical aggression, it becomes difficult and dangerous to control words and thoughts through law. Again, shame and honor are the best method used to curtail these things.
Pike and Henry Street, New York City. March 1936.
Photographer: Berenice Abbott