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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person...

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person...
Years ago, some feminist on the internet told me I was "Privileged." "THE FUCK!?!?" I said. I came from the kind of Poor that people don't want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. So when that feminist told me I had "white privilege," I told her that my white skin didn't do shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. After one reads McIntosh's powerful essay, it's impossible to deny that being born with white skin in America affords people certain unearned privileges in life that people of another skin color simple are not afforded. "I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented."" If you read through the rest of the list, you can see how white people and people of color experience the world in two very different ways. I do understand McIntosh's essay may rub some people the wrong way.

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Why Don’t We Talk About the Gender Safety Gap in the U.S.? This week, John Krakauer’s book, Missoula, “a depressingly typical” story about college town rapes, was released. In a recent NPR interview, Krakauer describes his dawning realization about how many women in the United States have been sexually assaulted, most often by people they know. His prior lack of awareness about women’s experiences, either of being assaulted or avoiding assault, is hardly rare. A primary reason most people can remain blissfully unaware of the reality of sexual assault is that media continues to ignore the role that gender plays in the experience of violence. In December, for example, Gallup released its most recent assessment of a gendered safety gap in its annual U.S. crime survey, a report that garnered virtually no media interest.

Annoyed When People Talk About White Male Privilege Or Whatever? Think They're Trying To Guilt You? The term "privilege" is loaded for some people. I get it — it can cause feelings of guilt over something that isn't a favor you asked for. But what I LOVE about this series of posters from the University of San Francisco is showing that what's necessary isn't guilt, but simply awareness. We didn't make the world this way, but we don't have to sit back and just be passive beneficiaries of inherent inequities, either.

Ever Been Told to 'Check Your Privilege?' Here's What That Really Means The first time I was told to “check my privilege,” I’ll be honest, I was angry. I was defensive. And most of all, I was offended. It’s not like my life had ever been particularly easy. Growing up with bipolar disorder and being queer, I often felt like I was fighting an uphill battle. So for someone to suggest that I was privileged?

Dress Codes, Double Standards, and 4 Other Subtle Ways Women Face Sexism at Work When Ellen Pao, a California business woman, faced gender discrimination at work, she decided to do something about it. She made headlines for bringing a high-profile lawsuit against her employer, a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist firm, alleging that they had discriminated against her and retaliated when she tried to do something about it by firing her. But Pao lost her suit, because like so many of us already know, sexism in the workplace is often a lot more subtle and difficult to prove than one might think. In the wake of the case, Pao’s story inspired women across the country to speak out about their own run-ins with discrimination.

People in Power Are Quick To Call Out Injustice When They Are Harmed You're being treated unfairly at work. How do you react — voice your concerns or stay quiet? That reaction may indicate whether you're a powerful or powerless person, a study says, but it could also explain how inequality is maintained in society. Powerful people react swiftly when they are victims of unfairness, while less powerful people are slow to notice and react to injustice, according to research published Friday in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. "Power shapes how quickly you respond to self-related injustices," explains Takuya Sawaoka, a doctoral student in psychology at Stanford University who conducted the study. "When people have a lot of power and resources, they come to feel like they deserve better outcomes than others."

How ‘Service With a Smile’ Takes a Toll on Working Women Discussions of gender inequality in the workplace often focus on the more visible manifestations of the imbalances between men and women: wage inequality, the motherhood penalty, or the lack of paid leave. These are all important issues that, if fixed, would help women. More difficult to pinpoint and address, however, are the ways that what sociologists call “emotional labor” also reinforces workplace gender inequality.

Ex-candidate who plotted Muslim massacre released because judge isn’t sure he... A federal judge scuttled a plea agreement reached between prosecutors and attorneys for a former congressional candidate who plotted to massacre Muslims in a community identified by conservative media as a terrorist training camp. Robert Rankin Doggart pleaded guilty in May to one count of interstate communication of threats and faced up to five years in prison. However, U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier ordered attorneys who worked out the plea arrangement to show that Doggart’s plot was actually a “true threat,” reported The Chatanoogan.

Why racism is so hard to define and even harder to understand Today, what can be defined as racism and what cannot has become a matter for debate. Every racist caught in the act, whether it be wrongly accusing a black child of sexual assault or running over and killing a mosque-goer, claims not to be racist. Eric Kaufmann, a prominent professor at a London university, has claimed that “racial self-interest is not racism”. He is joined by others who see talking about race as “unhelpful”, be that from a left-wing perspective that privileges class, or from a conservative one that ridicules “identity politics”. Black people, Indigenous people, people of colour, Muslims and Jews regularly report being lectured to on racism – and what constitutes racism – by people who have never experienced it.

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Trump Interrupting Pelosi Shows How Men Often Treat Women Researchers have been investigating who interrupts and who gets interrupted since at least 1975, when a landmark study at Stanford University found that, out of 31 conversations examined between partners of various gender pairings, men were responsible for all but one interruption. American notions of gender roles and interactions have changed a lot in the intervening 40 years, and a 2014 study from George Washington University suggests that’s brought a certain amount of parity to the act of interruption: Men and women in that study interrupted others at similar rates. Where gender differences remained pronounced in the 2014 study was in who got interrupted: Speakers of all genders were far more likely to interrupt a female conversation partner.

3 Common Myths About Gentrification – And the Facts That Prove We Need to Sto... In New York, San Francisco, Chicago, other major cites across the country, people are talking about gentrification. Recently, I’ve been speaking to people randomly about gentrification, one thing I learned, is that people have generally heard the term, but they’re not quite familiar with what it exactly means. One guy said, “Isn’t that when neighborhoods become new? The Root of All Cruelty? The philosopher David Livingstone Smith, commenting on this episode on social media, wondered whether its writer had read his book “Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others” (St. Martin’s). It’s a thoughtful and exhaustive exploration of human cruelty, and the episode perfectly captures its core idea: that acts such as genocide happen when one fails to appreciate the humanity of others.

The Hidden Culprit Behind Rising Tuition: Wall Street by Lisa Wade, PhD, 9 hours ago at 09:00 am In the lasts 15 years, student debt has grown by over 1,000% and the debt held by public colleges and universities has tripled. Where is the money going? The scholars behind a new report, Borrowing Against the Future: The Hidden Costs of Financing U.S. Higher Education, argue that profit is the culprit. They write: