Sexism, racism, phobias round-up

A room full of microaggressions. Demonstrators hold an anti-gay marriage rally inside the Utah State Capitol on Jan. 28, 2014

LGBTQ Microaggressions: Are we making mountains out of molehills?

Since you’re asking, Yes.

It’s Time We Reevaluate The Phrase “Girl Crush”: It’s become the go-to phrase for girls to express feelings of adoration toward other girls without calling into question their sexuality. When viewed in that light, however, “girl crush” starts to read a lot like “no homo,” which is overtly homophobic.

Atheists can be homophobic and sexist, too: This week, the rights of women and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) people have been a big topic of discussion in the atheist blogosphere—with some asking whether or not homophobic or sexist atheists actually exist.

Outhouse Volunteers to be Voice of Reason in Canadian Convention Sexism Scandal: According to The Mary Sue’s article, the phrasing encourages non-consensual touching of cosplayers in an environment (conventions) where there have been problems with harassment in the past. They published statements from some cosplayers who were offended.  Cosplayers? WTF?

Sexism blamed for criticism of Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s travel expenses

Countering Sexism in East Germany [after re-unification]

Beware the power of racial slurs to dehumanize: Locusts! This creature of darkness increasingly represents many Hong Kong citizens’ disdain for, and discrimination against, a menacing Other. Granted, being a black American perhaps makes me the ultimate outsider, compared to either Hongkongers or mainland Chinese. But considering this emerging epithet’s anatomy and evolution leads me to ask the question: are mainland Chinese our new niggers to the East?  Makes no sense to call it racism. The people of Hong Kong are the same race as the people of China.

Suspect: Jews drugged me: A man arrested Friday for allegedly posting hate speech to a Jewish Nob Hill deli’s door in early February told investigators he posted the note because Jews have been drugging him for the past 20 years, among other things, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.