Microaggression! With all the attention that’s been given to
gaslighting lately, it might be time to turn attention back to its close
cousin, microaggression. That’s what we’re seeing from the woman in
this comic here. Although, the two actions have a lot of the same
characteristics. They’re like muffins and cupcakes, if those cupcakes
make you angry at the world and the muffins convince you that you’re
going insane. Talk about the worst bakery ever, right?
Remember, a microaggression is when someone does or
says something that’s a small thing, and it really sticks in your craw.
Then you think, “hmm, am I being too sensitive? They probably didn’t
mean anything.” This is complicated because these aggressions can be
Gaslighting is similar. It’s when someone does
something or changes something, but acts like you are crazy for noticing
the inconsistency. This second part is the most important.
These manipulations are like superpowers that villains can employ.
There is a reason that the super villains that can cause the most damage
are the ones who mindfuck the heroes. You can know about the powers too
and they can still affect you.
The Sinkhole of Paranoia
The problem with knowing about microaggressions is because it makes you more paranoid, not less. It’s like that movie, Inception.
The ones most worried about being trapped in a dream are the ones who
know that’s a possibility. Here’s an example from the most important
Often, I go with my girlfriend to the burger and shake place down the
road from our apartment. We’ll grab milkshakes. She’ll get vanilla and
I’ll order strawberry. We wait for the staff to make it and bring it to
us. When they do, they invariably give me the vanilla instead of the
strawberry. It’s fine, but I think every time, “Do I seem like a vanilla
milkshake guy?” They’re like, “he thinks he’s a strawberry, but
naw—DENIED!” I give into paranoia. I mean, what are they trying to say?
This seems like a rhetorical question. It’s not. Please e-mail me and let me know.
How do we beat microaggressions? You can surround yourself with
people that are always nice to you. However, if you’re like me and you
can’t imagine anyone being nice to you, there needs to be another
option. You could treat any microaggression as a teachable moment: “Now,
Jane when you tell me I’m too light-skinned to actually be my
ethnicity, it bothers me.” That’s for healthy people who talk about
their feelings. They’ll never do anything interesting with their life or
be creative. The third and best option is, as we talked about last
week—a feud. However, a specific type of feud: full on Count of Monte
Cristo. I don’t want to say anything specific but the employees of that
burger place may wake up to find themselves under a new owner. Then they
may stop offering vanilla milkshakes as a policy. Then the place may be
burned down for the insurance money.
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