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What are Microaggressions?

Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. In many cases, these hidden messages may invalidate the group identity or experiential reality of target persons, demean them on a personal or group level, communicate they are lesser human beings, suggest they do not belong with the majority group, threaten and intimidate, or relegate them to inferior status and treatment.

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This past week I attended the Inclusive Astronomy conference in Nashville and there was an incredible talk by Kenjus Watson about microaggressions.  This term gets brought up frequently in feminist and equity conversations, b...
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Confronting My Own Racism
So, it turns out I am racist. Not in an overtly bigoted way, but in the way that many white people in America are: I spent most of my life ignoring race, ignoring my white privilege, and not actively doing anything about the problem of systematic racism. What had allowed me to ignore race in my everyday life was my white privilege. This is not something I would be able to do if I had been born a person of color. I decided that I was no longer ok with being passively racist and that I wanted to do something about it.

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I am a white woman, and I have spent most of my life not thinking about race. Not in a "we live in a post-racial America" type of way, but just that on an everyday level it didn't really come up that much. Of course when some...
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Homework for Those Seeking to be Allies
The below by  Dr. Sarah Ballard is cross-posted (with permission) from John Johnson's blog, Mahalo.ne.Trash .   Dr. Ballard is a Carl Sagan postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, and soon-to-be Torres Fellow at MIT. The writer and activist Jan...
The below by Dr. Sarah Ballard is cross-posted (with permission) from John Johnson's blog, Mahalo.ne.Trash.  Dr. Ballard is a Carl Sagan postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, and soon-to-be Torres Fellow at MIT...
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I was wrong and I am sorry

Slate's "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait recently published an apology for a video he posted on YouTube which included a transphobic joke. I applaud Plait for publicly responding to the criticism, for removing the offensive joke from the video, and for promising to try and do better in the future. However, his apology was problematic and he falls into some common apologizing-the-wrong-way traps that I will highlight below.

As someone who has made quite a few public mistakes (and has also apologized incorrectly) I'd like to share my experience of what to do and not to do when you make a mistake and you want to correct it.

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I was wrong and I am sorry

Slate's "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait recently published an apology for a video he posted on YouTube which included a transphobic joke. I applaud Plait for publicly responding to the criticism, for removing the offensive joke from the video, and for promising to try and do better in the future. However, his apology was problematic and he falls into some common apologizing-the-wrong-way traps that I will highlight below.

As someone who has made quite a few public mistakes (and has also apologized incorrectly) I'd like to share my experience of what to do and not to do when you make a mistake and you want to correct it.

Read more on Women in Astronomy:
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/04/i-was-wrong-and-i-am-sorry.html
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Rebecca Oppenheimer curator and chair of the department of astrophysics at the +American Museum of Natural History discusses labels, categories, and identity on Women in Astronomy
Today’s guest blogger is Rebecca Oppenheimer. Rebecca is Curator, Professor, and Chair of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Her optics laboratory in the Rose Center is the birthplace of...
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Confronting My Own Racism
So, it turns out I am racist. Not in an overtly bigoted way, but in the way that many white people in America are: I spent most of my life ignoring race, ignoring my white privilege, and not actively doing anything about the problem of systematic racism. What had allowed me to ignore race in my everyday life was my white privilege. This is not something I would be able to do if I had been born a person of color. I decided that I was no longer ok with being passively racist and that I wanted to do something about it.

Read more at Women in Astronomy:
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/06/confronting-my-own-racism.html
I am a white woman, and I have spent most of my life not thinking about race. Not in a "we live in a post-racial America" type of way, but just that on an everyday level it didn't really come up that much. Of course when some...
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Confronting My Own Racism
So, it turns out I am racist. Not in an overtly bigoted way, but in the way that many white people in America are: I spent most of my life ignoring race, ignoring my white privilege, and not actively doing anything about the problem of systematic racism. What had allowed me to ignore race in my everyday life was my white privilege. This is not something I would be able to do if I had been born a person of color. I decided that I was no longer ok with being passively racist and that I wanted to do something about it.

Read more at Women in Astronomy:
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/06/confronting-my-own-racism.html
I'm a white woman, and I've spent most of my life not thinking about race. Not in a "we live in a post-racial-America" type of way, but just that on an everyday-level it didn't really come up that much.  Of course when someth...
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Hockey or STEM?
The below is a guest post written by Dr. Jo-Anne Brown . Dr. Brown is a radio astronomer and faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, cross-appointed to Natural Sciences, at the University of Calgary.  Earlier this week I posted a Maclean'...
The below is a guest post written by Dr. Jo-Anne Brown. Dr. Brown is a radio astronomer and faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, cross-appointed to Natural Sciences, at the University of Calgary.  Ear...
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I was wrong and I am sorry

Slate's "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait recently published an apology for a video he posted on YouTube which included a transphobic joke. I applaud Plait for publicly responding to the criticism, for removing the offensive joke from the video, and for promising to try and do better in the future. However, his apology was problematic and he falls into some common apologizing-the-wrong-way traps that I will highlight below.

As someone who has made quite a few public mistakes (and has also apologized incorrectly) I'd like to share my experience of what to do and not to do when you make a mistake and you want to correct it.

Read more on Women in Astronomy:
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/04/i-was-wrong-and-i-am-sorry.html
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I was wrong and I am sorry

As someone who has made quite a few public mistakes (and has also apologized incorrectly) I'd like to share my experience of what to do and not to do when you make a mistake and you want to correct it.

Read more on Women in Astronomy:
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/04/i-was-wrong-and-i-am-sorry.html
I was wrong. I made a mistake. I messed up. Why are these phrases so hard for us to say? I used to think that admitting any of the above was the worst thing I could possibly do.  It triggered all sorts of shame, fe...
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I really learn a lot from your willingness to examine your own reactions and biases and talk about the process. So thank you.

The hardest thing for me is when I actually don't understand what I did wrong. I really struggle with how to express that or even whether to. Sometimes I feel like it doesn't help and is just my clever brain trying to find a new reason it can be all about me.

Other times I feel like if I don't know what I did how do I avoid doing it again? The Internet helps, because sometimes I can address the hurt with the person I hurt and address what I don't get with separate research. 
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Happy 25th Anniversary +Hubble Space Telescope .
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On April 25, 1990, the world—the Universe—changed. That was the day the crew of STS-31 deployed the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. This magnificent observatory has a special place in my heart. When it launched I was in graduate school in astronomy, and had just received my master’s degree. I...
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