When a researcher who has had a big influence on my personal work – Lilienfeld because of this book – writes something about a theme that has been a worry for me lately – microaggressions, programs against microagrrassion, but also safe zones and the thin line between censorship and free speech- , it would be a mistake not to share this – open access – article on this blog.
If you wonder what’s it all about:
Microaggressions are typically defined as subtle snubs, slights, and insults directed toward minorities, as well as to women and other historically stigmatized groups, that implicitly communicate or at least engender hostility.
The article in itself is not against the idea of microaggression as such, but it does warn that the present scientific evidence is weak.
This quote from the conclusion describes the position of Lilienfeld quite nicely:
I encourage microaggression researchers to continue their scholarly…
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