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Unlike most commenters on microaggressions, I view the entire concept as a joke. And I feel it is a joke that anybody takes the idea seriously. And nobody hardly does, outside of the peculiar testosterone-challenged administrators on American campi.
Here's the deal: Since no real aggressions are anywhere to be found, some people invented the micro. Next will come nanoaggressions. Why? Because the victim/oppressor narrative must continue. It's, like, you know, the System.
In sum, microaggression catalogs are a form of social control in which the aggrieved collect and publicize accounts of intercollective offenses, making the case that relatively minor slights are part of a larger pattern of injustice and that those who suffer them are socially marginalized and deserving of sympathy. [The social conditions that give rise to this form of social control] include a social setting with cultural diversity and relatively high levels of equality, though with the presence of strongly superior third parties such as legal officials and organizational administrators… Under these conditions, individuals are likely to express grievances about oppression, and aggrieved individuals are likely to depend on the aid of third parties, to cast a wide net in their attempt to find supporters, and to campaign for support by emphasizing their own need against a bullying adversary.
I'm eager to be confronted by a person claiming that I've committed a micro-aggression. I just hope that the confrontation escalates quickly to the point where I'm justified in committing a brisk right-jab-to-the-snout-aggression.
Micro aggressions HAD to be invented because all the faked racist, sexist and homophobic attacks are routinely debunked and what's a SJW to do without some offense to whine about. It's not easy being a SJW activist in a world where the hated group is actually acting reasonably. If the "far right" won't oppress someone then never fear you can make up oppression and offense. After all a SJW has to get their street creds, they have to have a reason to riot, burn cop cars and destroy private property don'tcha know.
It's an excuse to be a bully, nothing more. I've seen the dynamic in action and the response to a 'microaggression' tends to be a disproportionate amount of social and verbal aggression.
Also, for what it's worth, the people who I have seen lashing out viciously and "justifiably" at someone who made an innocent verbal misstep have all been gay white men with postgraduate degrees from elite schools and jobs that pay over $100,000 a year.
From what I've experienced, the microaggression trend has given a bunch of well-connected, well-educated, and well-paid white gay men permission to say vicious, nasty things to people and act like mean girls while still wearing their 'I'm so oppressed' halo.