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Astrology Compared to Racism

Pisces and Prejudice: Astrology Gets Compared to Racism

Last week our very core was shaken when we thought our zodiac signs had changed, because the Earth's position in the universe has moved. Then we all exhaled when astrologists said they saw this coming and have been factoring in this movement all along, so we all went back to being Geminis and Scorpios, albeit with an extra dose of skepticism. But with the zodiac's credibility in retrograde, it's the perfect time to wage a star war; the perfect time to compare astrology to racism.

Now if you've ever been annoyed by someone asking your sign and only to respond by sizing you up, you're going to like this. Astrology's compared to racism because signs are determined by when and where we're born, neither of which we have control over, and then others use it to formulate opinions (prejudices) about us. Once astrology zealots know our sign, they look for behaviors — say impatience in Aries or emotional instability in Cancers — to confirm their hypothesis.

The difference, of course, is in how it's used. Since astrology hasn't waged any wars to my knowledge, I'd say it's not quite the same. But when followed excessively, is it a form of prejudice?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
"Last week our very core was shaken when we thought our zodiac signs had changed..." I think this statement shows exactly why someone might think astrology can lead to prejudice. While I don't think it is as serious as racism, I do see people buying way too much into astrology and what someone's sign "says" about them. People are people; they are complex and diverse and nothing about their identification says whether or not they are good. Not all Christians are "crazy;" not all atheists are "lost;" not all Mexicans are "poor;" not all blondes are "stupid." Instead of judging people by hurtful and false generalizations, look at how they act and what they do...
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Anon 4, I totally agree with you.Comparing the zodiac to racism is like comparing Beverly Hills to third world poverty.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Anon 4, I totally agree with you. Comparing the zodiac to racism is like comparing Beverly Hills to third world poverty.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 5 years
I don't believe in any of that, but when I first met my boyfriend's mom, she asked me my sign. She seemed to be very pleased with Libra (I honestly don't know why, I have no idea what it means), but we ended up getting a long great. Wonder what would have happened if I said some sign she didn't think would make a good future wife for her son! I don't think she's so into it she would base her ALL image of me on it, but it was of some importance.
dexaholic dexaholic 5 years
Absolutely! "Oh, she's a taurus, of course she's stubborn (or jealous or possissive or greedy, or patient or reliable or loving)...". Thinking someone will act a certain way because they fall into a category is the definition of prejudice.
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