Saturday, October 3, 2015


There's a new term I've noticed on NPR: microaggressions.

They are "small daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities."

Apparently this term is used mostly in cultural settings that might involve racial minorities or other marginalized groups, but I think it occurs in all human interactions, such as in the family.

They are the cuts and slurs that we all endure and many of us inflict, often as jokes.  

But they hurt.  

At least now there's a name for them--and like other previously unnamed behaviors, say sexual harassment, once named, they can be tamed.

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