Sign outside of UBC’s Save-on’s
Maybe this isn’t just a microaggression, but someone I know once told me that they believe that if there existed a drug or shot that made sure people don’t become homosexual, he would endorse it. His argument was that nobody actually wanted to be homosexual and that their lives in (our) society are made very difficult - THEREFORE we should suppress homosexuality as a genetic (or something to that effect) feature.
Being told by your professor over and over and over again throughout the term that she can’t (or won’t) remember your name because you look like the 3 other asian girls in a class of 15 kids.
First time submitting anything to tumblr, so forgive anything I screw up that way.
I was in a health psych class, talking about how people react to stress. There was the typical “fight or flight” model, and then a talk about long-term effects of stress, and then my prof brought up the next point — “tend and befriend.” As she started talking my jaw just fell open, mind this was awhile ago, so I don’t remember it word for word. Basically, she said, “the tend and befriend response to stress primarily happens in women. When women are under stress, they like to look after people, and reach out to people. Biologically speaking, they are caretakers.” I was shocked. As a female, I know I certainly do NOT “tend and befriend” anyone while I’m under stress — quite the opposite. Also, I know a few men who seem to follow that model when under stress. Now I know I’m comparing my own experiences to a scientific study, but the study itself seemed sexist (not to mention exclusive of anyone outside the gender binary), and my FEMALE prof presented it to us in such a way as though we were to expect women to fall into this stress response. It just forcibly reminded me of how sexism pervades everything, and how scientific ‘fact’ is so often taken as absolute truth.
HI! For some reason, I can only post as asiansnotstudying but I am McGill Microaggressions! Just wanted to say hi! <3 In solidarity!
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I am not Asian; however, I can’t help but notice everyone and their friends keeps complaining about how many asians there are on campus. As in there are too many asians. Isn’t the notion of too many people of one race, racist in itself?
In 23 years at McGill, I wonder how much money I would have if there was a dollar for every student and parent who told me they chose McGill because there were too many Chinese students at UBC. You don’t know how to respond because the shock is so great each time.
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