Microagressions: The Subtle Slights And Big Aches

Microagressions: The Subtle Slights And Big Aches

Almost a year ago, I took a workshop through the Human Resources Department at the local University on "Subtle Slights and Microaggressions," which I have not been able to shake. A microaggression is defined as "the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons." (PsychologyToday.com) 

For example, I am someone who really really really hates it when someone calls me 'girl.' "What can I get you girls, today?" ummmmm. no. just no. Why do you feel the need to belittle me in that way with your ageism and gender assumptions?

As someone who hates conflict, I generally try to just nod through those moments, but what if it is a regular attitude with continued remarks? How are you supposed to acknowledge that you don't like that language, without seeming "entitled" or "overly sensitive"?

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No Title.... More like, too lazy to title....

No Title.... More like, too lazy to title....

This photo was taken over 5 years ago, but I truly believe that this is me. This photo embodies everything that I want to be and everything that challenges me. I definitely don't regret anything that has happened in that time, but I miss who I used to be.

I have decided to cut out the things that don't feel real - the things that I am doing just because I am "supposed" to or because that's what an "adult" should do. I've got big plans, wanna join me?

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