People who grumble about the small things in life are often frowned upon by those who just can't seem to catch a break.
How can we blame them?
Most often, a person who is blinded by their privilege takes many things in life for granted while someone who is disadvantaged–due to their race, gender, or status–always seems to get the short end of the stick.
In an effort to expose prejudices that are casually hidden, Redditor corkystclaire asked:
"What's something obviously discriminatory yet broadly accepted by society?"
Much of society views the world with a binary perspective–or they are just very closed-minded.
"Not having baby change facilities in the men's toilets."
Men In Service
"mandatory military service only for men in a lot of countries."
"Not letting people wear their hair the way it naturally grows out of their head (at work)"
"My last job was supposedly progressive when it came to workplace apparel. I'm white passing and was constantly complimented and revered on how 'creative' my hairstyles were."
"My non-white passing coworker however was always being told how inappropriate, unprofessional, and distracting their hairstyles were. We even planned out the same hairstyles for a few months to prove a point to our boss and all we got at the end was that mine 'look professionally done and cleaner.'"
"I can guarantee you that my hairstyles did not look professionally done and our hair was the same amount of cleanliness."
Historically Damaging System
"Caste system in India where people were segregated into groups based on their occupation which later got translated into segregation on the basis of birth. Based on this difference, hierarchy was formed which provides different rewards and punishment for different groups. This system is now almost 3000 years old though it's ill effects of discrimination was made illegal through constitution of free India, it still persists in an evolved form."
"In some areas lower castes are still treated as untouchables. Extreme case of it can be seen in southern parts where some of these people announce their arrival while entering into high caste society so that these higher caste people can easily maintain distance from them."
"Though such extreme cases have now decreased due to urbanization and the anonimity that comes with it but it still persists case in point is caste endogamy where marrying outside the caste is considered such an impure task that sometimes it even leads to murder of those who were involved in the act in order to save the family honour and it is famously called honour killings . Things have changed but the equality and zero discrimination that our constitution provides for is still a far fetched dream."
People who are physically disadvantaged additionally have to worry about other things.
The Cost Of Being Disabled
"The extreme expense often accrued when a person happens to become/is disabled."
"Everything from having to get the correct mobility aids if necessary, to the labour spent trying to find an accessible/adapted house. Nvm lifelong managements and healthcare (specifically monetarily in the US), and the social barriers that disabled ppl (specifically those with physical or notable impairment) deal with on a daily basis."
"When I became physically disabled, the whole word became a mess of inaccessibility with cultural, infrastructural, physical and medical issues I'd never before even considered becoming sometimes impassable barriers."
Benefits Of Not Living In The US
"Being disabled is still very expensive but I thank the heavens I wasn't born in America when I think about things like that. The ESA (employment support allowance) savings limit here in Britain is £6,000, my medications, my wheelchair, my basic mobility aids, my treatments, my doctors appointments, are all free, and if I live in my own place my rent will be covered. It was an awful and fairly traumatic process to prove I was eligible for these provisions but I'm so grateful for them and the fact that I live in a place where I can get this much help."
When My Daughter Grows Up
"My child is legally blind, there is no chance of it worsening, she has no medical problems because of it yet she definitely 'costs' more than our non blind child. Appointments, parking costs, petrol to the Appointments, days off work for the Appointments. Then add in the tech she needs/digital magnifiers, monoculars, yes her educational needs are looked after by the state to some degree but alot of it is covered by the family. All these little things add up"
"As she gets older she will completely rely on public transport which mean she'll probably need to live in a better serviced/higher rent area."
"I really had no idea until she came along!"
Life After An Accident
"My mom was in a severe accident late last year, permanently quadriplegic. I don't think I have a read a truer statement all freaking week. Everything is a battle for her to get anything she needs."
When it comes to college entry, it's a rigged system.
"Legacy college admissions."
"Especially if you’re Asian trying to get into an elite college. Harvard was actually convicted of discrimination against Asian applicants"
"We know you got a 1590 on your SAT, and you participate in 4 extracurriculars, and you tutor other kids in your class, but we think you’re just too shy so we should admit this senator’s dipsh*t kid instead."
Forever In Debt
"Got the same degree as my buddy did. I went to community college he went to a university. The total cost to get my degree was the same as just his room and board for all 4 years."
"Guy made fun of me the whole time. He will be paying back his loans for the next 40 years. Its crazy the mindset people have."
Societies that don't acknowledge the lack of equality among groups of people are doomed to perpetuate injustice.
But for those who choose to live in the past, it's an inconvenient problem if there is a courageous voice that inspires others to come forward and amplify their demand for progress.
Only then can there be change for the good of humanity.
So let's live out loud!
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