As diversity coordinator at Diversity Today, the magazine for professionals in the diversity industry, I’ve learned a lot about trigger warnings and micro-aggressions.
For one thing, I don’t like the phrase trigger warnings because it connotes guns. Poopy warnings would be a lot better, though I understand that might be offensive to people with IBS. I’m on a committee that’s trying to come up with a new phrase to replace trigger warnings. We hope to agree on something by 2016, but it’s hard, ya’ll.
Hard is another problematic word, because it could be used to demean people with erectile dysfunction. See, even I am guilty of using inappropriate language.
Fat is a definite no-no. Same with phat, because it might offend people who have been told by the media they are neither pretty, hot or tempting. Just because I’m overweight and balding doesn’t mean I’m not as attractive as Ryan Gosling. Through intense therapy and lots of tears, I’ve learned to embrace my beauty as equal to anyone else’s. The fact that you don’t see bodies like mine on magazine covers shows you just how far we have to go.
I’ve banned Halloween costumes for just that very reason. I’ve found people like to dress up in sexy costumes so they can use their thin privilege on those of us who lack “conventional” good looks. Just like Valentine’s Day serves as an excuse for people in relationships to ridicule those of us who aren’t.
Although I support gay marriage, it’s troubled me how many LGBTQIAETC people now believe they are superior to those of us who choose to be single. Talking about your wedding is a major micro-aggression and will not be tolerated at Diversity Today.
Of course the worst micro-aggressors are the people who complain about micro-aggressions and TBD warnings. They think they can say anything they want with immunity and that simply cannot be tolerated. I hope this becomes a major topic in the upcoming presidential election because I can’t think of a more important issue.
Until then, we have to keep working to build a more tolerant society. I’m doing my part. What about you?