In the document, posted to the school’s student health services web site, microaggressions are defined as ‘brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or not, that communicate a hostile, derogatory, or negative slight or insult toward a targeted group.’
The guide gives plenty of examples of seemly innocuous situations that they deem microaggressions, including traditional ‘male’ or ‘female’ bathrooms, because ‘trans and/or gender nonconforming folks don’t feel safe or comfortable in either’.
Professors who don’t ask what gender pronoun someone wants to be called by are guilty of microaggression too.
Even classroom seats can be a microaggression because they are ‘too small for many people’.
Apparently there are multiple kinds of microaggressions too, which the guide helpfully breaks down into three categories: microinsults, microassaults and microinvalidations.
How can anybody possibly function in an environment such as this? You are expected to feel constantly offended by the microaggressions being committed against you while simultaneously feeling perpetually guilty for all of the microaggressions you have committed. It is a completely unhealthy and socially destructive construct.