I was telling a friend today that I went to the medical centre to see a nurse. Later on, my friend asked me, “What did she say?”.

A fair enough and seemingly harmless question. But it turns out that my nurse was a man. It seems like something and nothing, but it is in our everyday conversations that we consciously or subconsciously continue to perpetuate stereotypes. Yes, a large number of nurses on one of my friend’s uni courses are women, but not all nurses are.

This also means we can consciously (and subconsciously when it becomes a positive habit) call out everyday stereotypes, sexism, racism, trans- and homophobia and any examples of mistreating others. We can choose to raise awareness, promote equality and change the culture for the better.

Do you or can you call out microaggresions in your conversations?

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