In the latest Balancing Act Newsletter I talked about the current trend in colleges to avoid “micro-aggressions” which are defined by the administration as acts such as saying “you guys” or asking an Asian student you don’t know for help with a math assignment.
I mentioned how crazy this can become with this example:
“At what point do silly grievances, trivial in their nature, become escalated to ‘micro-aggression’ or perhaps worse, to bias claims? After a presentation, I was approached by one woman who told me my speech was wonderfully gender-neutral because I used “he” and “she” equally. (She was a pronoun counter.) Five minutes later, another woman told me I exhibited gender bias because I provided longer answers to men than to women. (She was a timer.)”
Sure enough, a woman writes to me that she has read Balancing Act and enjoyed it for a long time, but now must inform me she is unsubscribing (to a FREE newsletter) because I don’t appreciate the issue of sexual harassment. She apparently can’t handle varied viewpoints, and only sees things through her own narrow agenda.
That’s a micro-aggression on intellect.
© Alan Weiss 2016