The Project

Discrimination Is… A Force that Needs to be Worn Down

Thank you for taking the time to be a part of The Discrimination Is Project!

We hope that over the past six weeks you have learnt something new about discrimination or privilege and have gained a deeper level of empathy and understanding for those in minority groups.

Even though the campaign is over we hope that you continue to send any examples of privilege or discrimination you experience. You can do so here. Thank you very much to those who have already shared their stories.

Please find links to each post we published during the campaign below:

What is the Discrimination Is Project?

Discrimination Is… A Language Problem

Discrimination Is… A Visibility Problem

Discrimination Is… Stereotypical 

Discrimination Is… A Label

Discrimination Is… Trivial?

Discrimination is… A Privilege (Part 1)

Discrimination is… A Privilege (Part 2)

Discrimination is… A Privilege (Part 3)

Discrimination Is… Alive and Well

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If you have been speaking in a discriminatory manner, or are told by someone that you are, please remember that this should not be regarded as an attack. It is an attempt to educate. Discriminatory language wears everyone down, not only those in minority groups, because it prevents understanding and empathy. It’s time to switch things up and wear down discrimination itself. #WearItDown

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Submission #20: I had a strange man ambush me on my way out of the bathrooms and back me into a corner so he could tell me I “looked hot” and that I should “definitely come home and fuck him”.

Why is it that men think they have a right to female bodies? Ever since I turned about 14 I have had to deal, on almost a weekly basis with men who think they have a right to touch me or to come into my personal space and make me feel uncomfortable. It’s exhausting, having to deal with the boys (or even adult men, sometimes old enough to be your father) coming up to you when you’re just out with friends trying to have a few drinks and some fun.

I had a strange man ambush me on my way out of the bathrooms and back me into a corner so he could tell me I “looked hot” and that I should “definitely come home and fuck him”. When I was ordering a drink at the bar once a man came up behind me and grabbed my hips, then my breasts, whilst grinding himself against me.

And it’s not always when you’re out at the pub. Recently I was grabbed by a male charity worker and hauled over to their table so I could hear their pitch. I was the one specifically targeted; my boyfriend who was with me didn’t once have to deal with a stranger laying hands on him.

Share your experiences with discrimination or privilege and help us #wearitdown 

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Submission #19: “Equality can’t happen unless everyone gets involved”

I’m going to an industry night in a few weeks designed to help women get a better head start.

Of the two disciplines I am most interested in there are 3 women of the 14 speakers covering them.

More events like this are clearly needed and to be honest the fact that men are willing to help out is something I consider to be a good thing. Equality can’t happen unless everyone gets involved.

Share your experiences with discrimination or privilege and help us #wearitdown 

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Submission #18: “The fact that she was damned either way says a lot about our culture.”

A girl at my school was ‘attacked’ in year 12 by one of the guys and when we first heard we all said she was a slut and she wanted it. She later said she lied and had been worried about being called a slut by her family if they found out. The fact that she was damned either way says a lot about our culture.

Share your experiences with discrimination or privilege and help us #wearitdown

 

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Submission #17: “My mother is racist, she doesn’t think she is but she is.”

My mother is racist, she doesn’t think she is but she is. Whenever she used to say something about non whites at home we’d all just laugh it off because it didn’t mean much. I moved out of home to study in Sydney this year and have made friends from cultures I had never expected to (not because of racism but I come from a very white town). I’ve visited their homes and sucked up their culture but am now too ashamed to show them mine because I’m worried how my mum would react to having asians in the house. Whenever I try to stop her from making racist comments when I go home she makes jokes about me being too ‘city’ so I really wish I told her what she was saying was wrong earlier, but at the time I didn’t care because it didn’t affect me.

Share your experiences with discrimination or privilege and help us #wearitdown 

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Submission #16: “If I were to be in one of those minorities I’d be really upset, it was just so ignorant.”

This is probably one of the best examples of discriminatory language use I can give you. It’s not something that happened to me directly but one day I was procrastinating whilst playing that ‘would you rather’ game online and one of the options that came up was would you rather be Black or Asian. If I were to be in one of those minorities I’d be really upset, it was just so ignorant.

Share your experiences with discrimination or privilege and help us #wearitdown

 

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The Project

Discrimination is… Alive and Well

Due to the wonder that is WordPress one of our articles on privilege has been featured on a page that refutes the existence of white privilege.  Some quotes from the page state: “

Not enough to lose hundreds of thousands of White boys and men during the Civil War … fighting and dying to free the frigging slaves.”

“Just look at the American government itself. Full of entitled Black politicians who look after themselves, and who play the slave “race card” at the drop of a hat.”

Naturally, we’re there because we steer against their views so it is very interesting to look at the arguments raised against the existence of privilege.

We’re down the bottom, in the ‘related articles’ section which actually features a list of any articles suggesting that white privilege exists.

The page is a huge example of the fact that discrimination is alive and well and will be here to stay. At least until we begin to understand what it is and how we can #wearitdown

View the page in question here.

If you have been speaking in a discriminatory manner, or are told by someone that you are, please remember that this should not be regarded as an attack. It is an attempt to educate. Discriminatory language wears everyone down, not only those in minority groups, because it prevents understanding and empathy. It’s time to switch things up and wear down discrimination itself. #WearItDown

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