Individual Oppression


  • Using words like “crazy, stupid, lame, gimp, words that equate disability with brokenness
  • Not looking people with disabilities in the eye when passing them on the sidewalk, talking to them, etc.


  • An individual believing that poor and low income people don’t want to eat healthy
  • Talking to a poor or low income person as though they are less intelligent.

Gender Binary

  • Parent gender policing their child: “Boys don’t cry”, “girls don’t get dirty”, “toughen up”, “don’t play with that truck, doll, etc.


  • A feminine person feeling afraid of wearing feminine clothes, or showing skin, and instead feeling a need to wear more masculine clothes in order to gain respect or avoid harassment at work.
  • Using words like bitch, girls, or pussy in a way that equates femininity with weakness or wrongness.


  • Someone crossing the street or locking their doors when a Black man is walking towards them
  • Acting defensive and interpreting it as personal attack when a Person of Color points out racism as it is happening.

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