“When Rudy Giuliani became mayor of New York in 1993, his belief in the ‘Broken Windows’ theory led him to implement the ‘Zero Tolerance’ crime policy. Crime dropped dramatically, significantly, and continued to for the next ten years.
Personally, I feel the time has come for women to introduce their own Zero Tolerance policy on the Broken Windows issues in our lives – I want a Zero Tolerance policy on ‘All The Patriarchal Bull@#$%’.”
― Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman
In an environment where every micro-aggression makes the larger aggressions seem less important, we have an obligation to keep fighting even the smallest issues. On one hand, we cannot change every opinion, vanquish every troll, or banish all sexism. What we can do is create expectations for dialogue and try to convince others to do the same. While fighting the small incidents, we have to keep focusing on larger issues, policies that will make lasting changes.
Let’s face it. This is a generation of multi-taskers. We can establish boundaries and work to change national policies simultaneously. Let’s do it.
Leave your advice for eliminating micro-aggressions without detracting from larger causes in the comments.
- Internet Wars Over Women’s Bodies (forbes.com)
- Change starts at home… (bizgovsoc4.wordpress.com)
- THE BROKEN WINDOW THEORY…A Call To Action For The Real Estate Community… (pithypostings.com)