Oppression

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Oppression is the state of being subjected to unjust and/or cruel treatment, persecution, pressure, distress and/or control. Oppression can take the form of large-scale, deplorable acts, such as seen in the racist reaction to the Civil Rights Movement or the genocidal actions of despotic governments, but it need be neither obvious, large, nor even deliberate on the part of the oppressor. Oppression also takes the form of microaggressions, behaviors that cause small distress at any given moment, but which add up over time to a large, caustic, and hostile environment. Microaggressions can be subconscious behaviors, such as interrupting, ignoring or appropriating the work of an oppressed individual.<ref>The website of Bernice Sandler, author of The Chilly Climate</ref> They can also be more deliberate, although still small, behaviors that attempt to discredit and gaslight an oppressed individual.<ref>Gaslighting at Counsellingresources.com</ref>

Understanding oppression is central to the fight for social justice and understanding intersectionality.

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