“You minorities always make a big deal out of nothing – I’m sure it’s not hard to handle!”
Society has “defaults” that normalize certain identities – white, straight, male, cisgender, able-bodied, and more. When you’re in a position of privilege, you might think marginalized people are just complaining about nothing.
This cartoon proves otherwise. By flipping the script, it shows what it’s really like to be othered. Take a moment to imagine society with the defaults reset, and you’ll understand what it means to experience everyday microaggressions reminding you that you’re not the “norm.”
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- Being ‘Too Sensitive’ Isn’t the Problem – Oppression Is
- Why It’s Racist When White People Dismiss People of Color’s Lived Reality
Barry Deutsch is a Contributing Comic Artist for Everyday Feminism living in Portland. You can read more of his political cartoons on his Patreon. He also creates Hereville, a comic about an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl who wants to fight monsters, and (with Becky Hawkins) SuperButch, a comic about a lesbian superhero in the 1940s. Check out his blog and follow him on Twitter and on Tumblr.