Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: It’s the little things that will drive you insane.
First, a little bit of mood music:
Do you know what not being woke leads to?
“A course at Salisbury University in Maryland is using a ‘Pyramid of White Supremacy’ to help teach students about diversity and ‘cultural competence.;
“The one-credit course, ‘Diversity and the Self,’ is a required class for any student hoping to obtain an elementary education major.
“The pyramid ranks various concepts on different levels according to severity, with ‘Indifference’ forming the base of the pyramid and ‘Genocide’ residing at the top.
“‘In a pyramid, every brick depends upon the one below it for support,’ an accompanying caption explains. ‘If the bricks at the bottom are removed, the whole structure comes tumbling down.'”
Of course to avoid this “genocide”, doubleplusgood language will become “an ethical obligation“.
“A Western Michigan University student says she was surprised by the emphasis her professor placed on an ‘inclusive language policy’ on the first day of a Professional Writing course.
“The policy, which calls inclusive language ‘an ethical obligation,’ closely parallels university guidelines that, among other things, advise against the use of words like ‘mothering’ and ‘fathering’ in order to avoid gender bias.”
Gotta avoid “transmisic microaggressions“… wait, what???
“Simmons College librarians are warning against ‘transmisic microaggressions’ in a new guide arguing that cisgender people are ‘fragile’ and ‘defensive.’
“The ‘Anti-Transmisia’ guide seeks to resist the ‘systemized discrimination or antagonism directed against transgender/nonbinary/genderqueer/agender persons,’ explaining that it is a form of hatred ‘rooted in a desire to maintain the gender binary.’
“The gender binary, the librarians argue, is a social construction that causes so-called transmisia and ‘obscures the reality of the spectrum and fluidity of gender and marginalizes the identities and experiences of persons whose gender does not align with their birth-assigned sex.’
“To that end, the librarians worry that people will intentionally or unintentionally commit ‘transmisic microaggressions,’ which they suggest ‘communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults in relation to gender, gender identity, and/or gender expression.’
“‘They are structurally based and invoke oppressive systems of a (cis)gender hierarchy. Transmisic Microinvalidations, Microinsults, [and] Microassaults are specific types of microaggressions,’ they add.
“The guide also links transmisia to the ‘cis fragility’ of people who aren’t transgender, meaning transmisia causes ‘cis fragility.'”