Saying ‘God bless you’ after a sneeze is microaggression

College Fix: Saying ‘God bless you’ after sneeze listed as microaggression on college’s anti-oppression guide.

Saying “God bless you” after someone sneezes is listed as a microaggression on a lengthy “anti-oppression” guide posted online by Simmons College.

“This guide is intended to provide some general information about anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion as well as information and resources for the social justice issues key to the Simmons College community,” it states, adding “this guide is by no means exhaustive.”

Yet it includes hyperlinks to more than 100 resources, such as articles and videos, and boasts eight different subsections: anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-transmisia, anti-ableism, anti-Islamomisia, anti-sanism, anti-queermisia and social justice zines.

The guide’s authors explain that they replaced the typical suffix “phobia,” such as Islamophobia, with the term “misia,” because the term “phobia” is offensive to people with phobias.  read more

27 Comments on Saying ‘God bless you’ after a sneeze is microaggression

  1. Pretty soon you won’t be able to say a blessing for anyone because it just might not be inclusive of one pissant who is unhappy with everybody and everything. In your head and thoughts maybe but not verbally. Libtards aren’t happy unless they include everyone but those they disagree with. Maybe we should tell them to piss off and die but we’re too good for that since that’s what they always do. Is there such a thing as a grateful and thankful and happy progtard?

  2. I’d say it anyway, just to piss ’em off. Wadda they, or the nursery school they spend time in, going to do about it?

  3. Maybe I’d do an “Oprah”. Stand in the middle of the campus and be loud, “God bless YOU. And God bless YOU. God bless EVERYBODY!”

  4. But I can get in your face and yell Allah Akbar and everything’s fine. Trade schools need to make a comeback. College isn’t safe for kids anymore. They only teach stupid.

  5. I’ve got a hunch about all these rulz these puppies keep coming up with. We’re talking about people who are developmentally about fifteen years old and have arrived at this magical place called a “university” where they can finally get all stompy-footed back at their parents and every other authority figure who ever told them what to do. “You’re not the boss of me!” These socially maladjusted children will probably never overcome their urge to bully everyone else to their will. The problem is they simply refuse to grow up.

  6. So, I’ve been looking at a number of the links sprinkled around this Simmons College page and one thing that really struck me (apart from all of it) is the “Ten Demands Update” page. They’d made these demands a year ago, including a 30% increase in staff and faculty “of color” across all college and administration, and I wondered if any of them had contemplated at all how that’s working out in South Africa?

    I’m not against recruiting a wide variety of people, but basing it all on color is ridiculous and self defeating, not to mention racist as hell.

  7. I hate it when someone gets hit with a kitchen food warming device like that.

    Oh, wait – that’s microWAVE aggression, isn’t it?

    …Never mind.

  8. Replacing phobia with misia for politically made-up reasons? We are getting closer to the day we’re going to need the government help keep us straight what the approved words to use in daily life are.

    Hey, here’s a novel idea! We need a new non-offensive language with a dictionary/reference book that can be updated as needed. Daily even.

    We can call it Newspeak or something like that. o.0

  9. I don’t do micro aggressions, I’m full macro aggressive. When I intend to piss someone off I get to the point real damn quick. I have never been, nor do I ever intend to be politically correct. I couldn’t do it even if I wanted to.

  10. “this guide is by no means exhaustive.”


    all this offended, micoaggression crap is really exhausting for those of us who tend to be the supposed offenders.

  11. saying that is like saying–knock on wood– its a old saying to either rid someone of a demon or knock on wood to get ones attention… better not to use the name of the Lord in vain than to be held accountable in the end.

  12. @ just pass’n thru

    I’m of the opinion that “God bless you” is not a vain use of His name if you mean it.

  13. @Doc: You just reminded me of an old friend of mine. Whenever there was a sneeze
    and someone said, “Gesundheit!”, he would say, “Yeah, but it comes out loose.”

    Also an attention-getter.


  14. Then there was the valedictorian who was forbidden to use the word God in his speech. He complied. And at the end of his speech he sneezed. The entire class shouted “God Bless You.”


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