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IN PRAISE OF THIN ALLIES // BY RAGEN CHASTAIN - The Militant Baker. How Privileged Are You? Five tips for being an effective ally - HeadSpaceHeadSpace. Under a world of sound. Wondering What 'Privilege' Is? This Video Has Some Answers For You. What Is Privilege. Sometimes You're A Caterpillar. #YesAllWomen in the wake of Elliot Rodger: Why it’s so hard for men to recognize misogyny.

The Origins of 'Privilege' The idea of “privilege”—that some people benefit from unearned, and largely unacknowledged, advantages, even when those advantages aren’t discriminatory —has a pretty long history.

The Origins of 'Privilege'

In the nineteen-thirties, W. E. B. Du Bois wrote about the “psychological wage” that enabled poor whites to feel superior to poor blacks; during the civil-rights era, activists talked about “white-skin privilege.” But the concept really came into its own in the late eighties, when Peggy McIntosh, a women’s-studies scholar at Wellesley, started writing about it. “But Not All ______ Are Like That!” I see this happen all the damn time.

“But Not All ______ Are Like That!”

Someone describes the actions of a privileged group of people and how these actions, purposefully or not, encourage the marginalization of a less-privileged group. Most often this description occurs within the context of trying to explain to the privileged folks how this dynamic is hurtful and oppressive. The hope is that the privileged group will listen to the marginalized person, examine their own behaviour, and try to do better in the future.

The reality is that the person doing the explaining is nearly always met with a chorus of, “but not all men/white people/straight people/cis people/able-bodied people are like that!” Look. Let's Talk About Thin Privilege. I am five-foot-four, 125 pounds.

Let's Talk About Thin Privilege

My measurements are 36-28-38. I wear size medium shirts, size seven jeans, and (in case you were wondering) size eight shoes. I have never walked into a clothing store unable to find items in my size. Tyler Oakley's Tumblr. «All mixed kids look the same» The Male Privilege Checklist. An Unabashed Imitation of an article by Peggy McIntosh In 1990, Wellesley College professor Peggy McIntosh wrote an essay called “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”.

The Male Privilege Checklist

McIntosh observes that whites in the U.S. are “taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.” To illustrate these invisible systems, McIntosh wrote a list of 26 invisible privileges whites benefit from. As McIntosh points out, men also tend to be unaware of their own privileges as men. Bell Hooks on Trayvon Martin (for realz) & forgiving George Zimmerman. Wearing Privilege. Trayvon Martin was a black teenage boy.

Wearing Privilege

He was walking home from the convenience store when he caught the attention and ire of George Zimmerman. Perceived as a “punk” and a threat, Martin was accosted by the older man, and a physical altercation ensued. Trayvon Martin died when he was shot through the heart at close range. Though Florida’s expansive “Stand Your Ground” laws were invoked in media conversations, that defense never even entered into the trial. Zimmerman was acquitted when a jury decided he’d killed Martin in self-defense. Some Americans believe that race was not central to this killing or to the case that followed—they have believed it from February 2012 right up until today. Thin Privilege. 30+ Examples of Cisgender Privileges. Following is a list of cisgender identity privileges.

30+ Examples of Cisgender Privileges

If you are cisgender, listed below are benefits that result from your alignment of identity and perceived identity. If you’re not familiar with the term, “cisgender” means having a biological sex that matches your gender identity and expression, resulting in other people accurately perceiving your gender. Difference Without Dualism, Part III (of 3) Digital dualism is pervasive, and the understandings that it informs—of ourselves, of our experiences, and of our very world—are a mess.

Difference Without Dualism, Part III (of 3)

Perhaps this can be chalked up to the fact that digital dualism arises from varying sets of flawed assumptions, and was never purposefully assembled as such by the people who embrace it. But guess what? As theorists, we have the opportunity not only to build new frameworks for understanding, but also to assemble those frameworks with both consciousness and intentionality. So with that in mind, what should a theory of augmented reality look like? QUEERING THE GAME OF LIFE - I think another reason why it’s important to not...

Literacy Privilege: How I Learned to Check Mine Instead of Making Fun of People’s Grammar on the Internet « Painting the Grey Area. My name is Chandra, and I am a recovering grammar snob. There was a time that it gave me a blush of pride to be referred to as “the Spelling Sergeant” or “the Punctuation Police”. I would gleefully tear a syntactic strip out of anybody who fell victim to the perils of poor parallelism or the menace of misplaced modifiers. I railed against atrostrophes and took a red pen to signs posted in staff rooms, bulletin boards and public washrooms. I'M NOT A FEMINIST, BUT... I drink white tears~ - This is a resource post for all the Good White... The Distress of the Privileged « The Weekly Sift.

This time, though, it doesn’t work.

The Distress of the Privileged « The Weekly Sift

No wife, no kids, no food. Confused, he repeats the invocation, as if he must have said it wrong. After searching the house, he wanders out into the rain and plaintively questions this strangely malfunctioning Universe: “Where’s my dinner?” Privileged distress. I’m not bringing this up just to discuss old movies. If you are one of the newly-visible others, this all sounds whiny compared to the problems you face every day. Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack II. This article is based on Peggy McIntosh’s article on white privilege and was written by a number of straight-identified students at Earlham College who got together to look at some examples of straight privilege.

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack II

These dynamics are but a few examples of the privilege which straight people have. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer-identified folk have a range of different experiences, but cannot count on most of these conditions in their lives. On a daily basis as a straight person… I can be pretty sure that my roomate, hallmates and classmates will be comfortable with my sexual orientation. If I pick up a magazine, watch TV, or play music, I can be certain my sexual orientation will be represented.