PLANS & PRICING
Microaggressions are defined as the everyday, subtle, intentional — and oftentimes unintentional — interactions or behaviors that communicate some sort of bias toward historically marginalized groups.
The difference between microaggressions and overt discrimination or microaggressions, is that people who commit microaggressions might not even be aware of them. Here’s what you can do about them-
Learn to identify them- Microaggressions need not necessarily be verbal. Any actions of words that make you feel as an outsider based on your racial, gender, sexual, caste identity is a micro aggression. They occur due to an internalized bias against that particular community. Some examples would be using a culturally inappropriate slur, labeling tasks as ‘male’ and ‘female’, making comments on one’s culture, religion or ignoring the historical struggle of a group.
Responding- once you have identified microaggressions, decide you to respond. You can choose to ignore it, respond passive aggressively, get emotional or be assertive. Base your reaction on the situation, timing and person.
Reacting assertively- When choosing to respond assertively, explain what the person said, why it was inappropriate, how it made you feel and what they can do about it. Make sure you use ‘I/me’. For instance, “Your comment about assisting being a women’s job undermines my work and made me feel disrespected. In the future, please don’t make comments that put a gender label on tasks that everyone can do.”
Collect your thoughts- Being the receiving end of microaggressions can make you feel angry, upset and frustrated. But before you react, collect your thoughts. Don’t lash out emotionally. Be sure of your facts- you don’t want to end up saying something incorrect yourself. Remain calm and be firm.