A video where a young woman from the US gets upset because someone compliments her hair has gone viral on social networks, where it has accumulated more than 19 thousand views. In it you can see how the woman records herself when suddenly another person compliments her hairstyle. “Could you please not talk about when I change my hairstyle?” she says while the other person apologizes. «I know, but as a black person, to me it feels like a microaggression. “I face it all the time at work,” argues the young woman of color.
The discussion continues and the offended woman confesses that these types of comments make her feel “uncomfortable.” “You don’t have to clarify that every time is different, because it makes me feel uncomfortable,” she explains.
Microaggressions in Spain
In 2017 OKDIARIO published how the CUP of Terrasa proposed carrying out a campaign through which men would be prevented from “spreading” on public transport. According to Sara Moya, spokesperson for the CUP of Tarrassa at that time, men “invade the living space of other people, usually women, in a display of machismo and micro-aggression that can make those who have to suffer it uncomfortable.”
The Catalan political party argued that men make improper use of public facilities and act in a sexist manner by sitting with their legs open on the subway or bus.
Therefore, they proposed an “awareness” campaign on bus shelters in Terrassa to prevent this. In addition, they wanted to change the symbology of the toilets in which women are drawn with skirts and men with pants.
World Economic Fund
According to the World Economic Forum, microaggressions consist of comments that can be considered racist, transphobic, homophobic or sexist in nature. In this sense, they state through their website that these types of attitudes appear in “indirect, often involuntary, expressions of racism, sexism, ageism or ableism. “They appear in seemingly harmless comments from people who might have good intentions,” they say.
“From telling a new worker that she ‘looks like a student’ to asking a Black colleague about her natural hair, microaggressions often exist at work too. And they can make the work environment feel uncomfortable, unsafe and toxic.”
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