How to Tactfully Call Out Patriarchy

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We’ve all been there. When some person some place says something completely racist/sexist/abilist/xenophobic/so-damn-inappropriate-you’re-not-sure-how-they-made-it-this-far-in-life. Like that time you were having drinks with friends and someone made a rape joke. Or that cool time your Dad complained about the illegal immigrants who are taking his tax dollars. Or that awkward moment a senior level staff in your office discussed how she didn't mean to be racist but she thinks that those African American mothers need to keep their knees closed.  

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One uncomfortable part of changing culture is recognizing that our friends, family and co-workers occasionally say ugly and oppressive things. This is a highly practical short guide in how you can respond. We are well past grin and bare it, time for calling out and pushing back.