Before “microaggressions,” people knew about inappropriate and/or insensitive and/or insulting comments. Those comments were frowned upon. They still are.
But why the new term, “microaggressions”? What purpose does it serve? There doesn’t seem to be any need for the new term except to justify reprisals. After all, if these micro-comments are real acts of aggression then they deserve a response against the perpetrators.
Lest you think I am imagining a nonexistent problem, the American Booksellers Association recently confessed to perpetrating a “violent incident.” What was this violence? Promoting a best-selling book to people who sell books for a living. The book, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters was met with outrage and, of course, the ABA went through ritual humiliation to try to placate the haters.