Girl’s University Classifies “God Bless You” After a Sneeze as a Microaggression

Feminism, Regressive Left, Rundown

Simmons College, an all-girls college in Boston, has an extensive list of microaggressions on their website with categories including: “anti-racism,” “anti-transmisia,” “anti-ableism,” among others. Curiously enough, though, one seemingly timeless display of politeness has been categorized as a microaggression that established one’s own religious status as the standard.

It seems parents who taught their children to say “God bless you” after someone sneezes are outdated bigoted Jesus-freaks, because, as the school would put it, saying the term is “[Assuming] of One’s Own Religious Identity as the Norm.” Now, let’s unwrap the fact that the word “god” is not a purely Christian or Catholic concept by any chance, nor is a blessing, and the term is not “Christian god bless you” or “my god bless you”, but simply “God bless you”. I suppose you could say the term is god-neutral?

This is a short story for a short-minded and clearly ill-conceived notion concept, but let’s make one thing clear; as a society we have many issues to deal with, including actual life-size aggression, and if people cannot deal with a very small version of the aforementioned aggression perhaps they should feel free to separate themselves from society altogether.

Emilio Garcia
Deputy Editor, The Unshackled
Host of the Front and Center Podcast