OMG: this is actually A Thing

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  1. no matter my achievements or my choices, there would always be men to look down on me and criticise me

    Oooh, is she gonna be pissed when she finds out what her friends gossip/dish on herrrr. Oh, *meeeooww* [does claws thing with hand]

    Swell, now, not only do we need to shut up and keep our eyes down in public in order to avoid giving offense, but we need to be able to read minds.

    By the way, the response to verbal bullying is to assign kids to read “Cyrano de Bergerac.”
    (What? Yes, including the dueling scene.)

    Comment by DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ) — April 1, 2013 @ 7:48 am

  2. I wouldn’t mind this so much if I got to be the victim once in a while.

    Maybe I should tell people I’m gay.

    Comment by SteveHGraham — April 1, 2013 @ 7:50 am

  3. I first read about this on the site, http://www.takimag.com. These people (the “perpetually aggrieved”) claiming to be assaulted by all these “microaggressions” are a truly touchy bunch. They remind me of the mook in the local bar who would frequently punch out other patrons, claiming nothing other that they “looked at me funny”.

    Comment by Thunderbottom — April 1, 2013 @ 7:57 am

  4. Good time to remember a college joke.

    Good ole boy at Eastern Ivy League on a football scholarship asked a tweeded up professor: “Where’s the administration building at?”

    The professor said: “My boy, you are in college now. You don’t end a sentence with a prepositon.”

    Good ole boy replied: ‘Scuse me, can you tell me where the administration buildings at, asshole?

    Comment by Stick — April 1, 2013 @ 8:07 am

  5. And another thing: I’ll wager that all these self-absorbed people whining about microaggressions care nothing about how their words and actions affect the people around them, especially if said people are considered to be “dominant identities” (e.g., white male heterosexuals).

    Comment by Thunderbottom — April 1, 2013 @ 8:10 am

  6. From the sound of that, I’ll betcha our neurotic Dear Perfessor could be a star on The Big Bang Theory, twitches, tics Tourettes’ and all.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — April 1, 2013 @ 8:15 am

  7. Shouldn’t they be starting with reality TV?

    Comment by The Digital Hairshirt — April 1, 2013 @ 8:19 am

  8. Scorpions always sting. Fascists always want to restrict free speech.

    Saying anything that they personally feel angry about should be a crime in their little minds.

    Comment by Kristophr — April 1, 2013 @ 8:25 am

  9. Claire’s posts always make me wish this were a dating site.

    Comment by logdogsmith — April 1, 2013 @ 8:50 am

  10. I could have so much fun with this chick!

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — April 1, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  11. #10, SondraK: starting with “I’m not touching you; I’m not touching you…”

    Comment by Thunderbottom — April 1, 2013 @ 10:40 am

  12. What the hell happened to the self-esteem movement? It obviously didn’t have the intended consequences!

    Comment by PeggyU — April 1, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  13. You know, the Smith Microaggressions Project is asking for submissions . . . I’m just sayin’ . . .

    Comment by The Digital Hairshirt — April 1, 2013 @ 11:17 am

  14. I think I’ll just stick to my own personal “Macroaggresive” ways.

    That way peeps don’t have to wonder when I have attitude.

    Comment by Wollf — April 1, 2013 @ 11:41 am

  15. I guess it’s easier to say than “perpetually offended by everything”…

    LOL@Thunderbottom!

    When it comes to Lympians I need only to exist :)

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — April 1, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

  16. Reading some of the whining now. Laughing.

    “My MCAT instructor keeps referring to the writer of our passages with male pronouns when they do not list an author by name. Made me feel stupid/unvalued… like if our instructor doesn’t think women are smart enough to help write the MCAT, the most certainly aren’t smart enough to be doctors.”

    No, little girl – you are not smart, or tough, enough to be a doctor, if a fucking pronoun makes you feel stupid and unvalued.

    I weep for the future.

    Comment by The Digital Hairshirt — April 1, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

  17. Wow. My husband left the toilet seat up. Is that a microagression?

    Comment by PeggyU — April 1, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

  18. I thought evolution enabled critters to develop thicker skins, defenses, escape skills and the like.

    These sound like snails deliberately shedding their shells.

    Apparently nobody ever taught them “Don’t mind the micro small things.” or “Buck up little micro camper.”

    Comment by mech — April 1, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

  19. I tell you what, these libtarded ‘progressives’ seem to have more ways of defining victimhood than anybody I know. If they spent as much time on responsibility and self-reliance, they’d be a lot happier.

    On the plus side, maybe while they’re occupied agonizing with this pantywaist psychobabble, we can push back their environmental claptrap for a little while.

    Comment by KarlU — April 1, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

  20. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Nuff said.

    Comment by Zipser — April 1, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

  21. Shut up, slave!

    Comment by mojo — April 1, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

  22. It’s like passive-aggressive manipulation risen to the level of petty tyranny.

    And imagine being so upset about an off-hand comment to a stranger when Imma bout ta whack you over the head with a parking meter! Teh IRONING!

    Comment by Merovign — April 1, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

  23. Naw, PeggyU — that’s a Micro-passive-aggression …

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — April 1, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

  24. A milliagression is a thousand times worse than a microagression.

    A punch in the nose is a million-to-one microagression.

    Comment by DougM (ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ) — April 1, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

  25. Digi, I got a contribution for ‘em.

    Comment by rickn8or — April 1, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

  26. Where I come from, microaggression is called “disagreeing”.

    When I have time, I’ll write out my “grievance rant”. Briefly, the premise is that in our culture, to have a grievance is to have power, incentivizing the creation of grievances.

    Comment by iD — April 1, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

  27. We just need an annual airing of the grievances to keep this in check …

    Comment by PeggyU — April 1, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

  28. “microaggressions” – sorta like when you hit your thumb with the hammer???????

    “people of non-dominant identities”

    Wow. That’s really stretching the language. Orwell would be dismayed.

    Speaking of which: Cops: Homeless Woman Arrested After Refusing to Leave Hospital

    OK, that’s the headline. Here’s how the story got written:

    “According to Riverhead police, Jennifer Sulzer, 37, who is undomiciled, was arrested ……..”

    There’s another news item that says that a New York city agency is telling their people to use “undomiciled” instead of “homeless”.

    Time to break out the old favorites, like “unlicensed property transfer agent” for “thief”, and so on.

    I’d worry about using “microagression” – Microsoft is likely to sue.

    Why is it that nowadays, everybody has a right not to be offended? And that there have to be self-appointed wardens to make sure it doesn’t happen? And how is it that the girl on the bus was offended by what other people – obviously twits, at that – were saying in a conversation completely separate from her? One can only conclude that she has a definite self-esteem problem, something that can’t be cured by wrapping herself in a cocoon, but by getting out of the house once in a while.

    Back to Orwell: one sure way to change the way people think, is to make them change the way they speak. If you can’t say anything about Topic X (like liberty, or that some people are bigger, faster, stronger, smarter, richer, happier), then you won’t think about Topic X, and it’ll disappear from the public square.

    And they can replace it with whatever they want – because they’ll give you a nice new set of words to think with.

    Comment by ZZMike — April 1, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

  29. PS: (BTW, that is one damn fine post.)

    “Bullying children into stopping the bullying behavior. No energy / effort / thought at all is put into teaching those on the receiving end how to resist or ignore or cope with it.”

    Watch A Christmas Story (also known as “You’ll shoot your eye out”), where young Ralphie finally confronts the bully and gives him a severe thrashing.

    Our local church has a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) program for our youth. (MMA is the activity where you get to whack your opponent any which way you want. You’re supposed to remember that he has the same options. But you don’t let somebody whack you without some sort of appropriate response. (This seems to be based on Pavlovian conditioning: if bully Bubba bothers you, he gets a heap of hurt. Eventually he learns not to bother you.))

    Another Anglican church not too far away has a martial arts program, taught by the Rector, who has a black belt in the Art.

    Comment by ZZMike — April 1, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

  30. To put it bluntly,
    I am at a loss to discover WHY I should be interested in the half-assed opinions of individuals manifestly unworthy of being allowed to eat my undigested corn! ;-)

    Comment by Lucius Severus Pertinax — April 2, 2013 @ 12:14 am

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